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From Ted Leung <twle...@sauria.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] CouchDB incubator project
Date Thu, 31 Jan 2008 22:26:01 GMT
+1

I am interested in mentoring if needed.

Ted

On Jan 31, 2008, at 7:40 AM, Sam Ruby wrote:

> The original source for this proposal can be found at
>
> http://www.couchdbwiki.com/index.php?title=Apache_Incubator_Proposal
>
> and a current snapshot is attached below.  Once we have established  
> that there is interest, my plan is to move this content over to  
> wiki.apache.org/incubator as a [PROPOSAL].
>
> I've been watching CouchDB since September, and believe that it  
> would fit well in the ASF.  My preference is that it exits as a top  
> level project, mainly due to my experience with umbrella PMCs, but  
> I would otherwise not be adverse to it joining the DB project.  We  
> certainly do not need to decide this now.
>
> - Sam Ruby
>
> Project Name: CouchDB
> -----------------------------
>
> ==Proposal==
> The goal is to create either an Apache top level project, or a db  
> subproject, around the existing CouchDB open source project.
>
> Key Features:
> * a REST API using JSON for data transport,
> * a JavaScript view engine based on Mozilla Spidermonkey,
> * a GNU Autotools build system supporting most POSIX systems
> * a built-in administration interface
> * experimental fulltext search with Lucene
>
> ===Rationale===
> The goals of the project are aligned with the goals of the ASF,  
> namely there is interest in (continuing to) foster a collaborative,  
> consensus based development process, using an open and pragmatic  
> software license, and a desire to create high quality software that  
> leads the way in its field.
>
> ===Initial goals===
> * Features for next release
> **  Incremental reduce support, for full map/reduce support.
> ** Document validation model (validate live and replicated changes)
> ** Documentation, Documentation, Documentation
> ** Fulltext Search
> * Priority feature work
> ** Live compaction
> ** Extensible security model
> ** LDAP authentication
> ** More query capabilities exposed to HTTP, e.g. multi-key view  
> lookups
> * Future feature work
> ** Server storage partioning
> ** Server failover clustering
> * Requested Features
> ** hierarchical structure in documents
>
> ==Current Status==
>
> ===Meritocracy===
> The project has recently transformed from being primarily a single  
> person led (and funded) project to one with a number of diverse  
> participants.  Development has been coordinated primarily through a  
> mailing list, with some IRC.
>
> ===Community===
> The community consists of a set of independent developers, one of  
> which recently joined IBM
>
> ===Initial Developers===
> * William Beh
> * Damien Katz
> * Jan Lehnardt
> * Christopher Lenz
> * Dirk Schalge
> * Noah Slater
>
> ===Alignment===
> A database server with a strong focus on HTTP and REST principles.
>
> ===Known Risks===
> * Dependency on Erlang
> ** Including some modifications to the HTTP server stack.  The plan  
> is to convert over to [http://code.google.com/p/mochiweb/ MochiWeb]  
> (MIT licenced)
> * Dependency on Mozilla SpiderMonkey
> ** Including small modifications, to be sent back to Mozilla
>
> ===Orphaned Products===
> * This is a new effort, and is far from being orphaned.
>
> ===Inexperience with Open Source===
> All participants are active users and contributors to open source.  
> One of them (Christopher Lenz) has experience as committer on other  
> Apache projects.
>
> ===Homogenous Developers===
> The exiting committers are spread over a number of countries and  
> employers.
>
> ===Reliance on Salaried Developers===
> Only one developer is being paid to work on CouchDB.  Read [http:// 
> damienkatz.net/2008/01/faq_about_couch.html his views] on the  
> relationship he has with his employer.
>
> ===Relationships with Other Apache Products===
> Experimental usage of Lucene
>
> ===An excessive fascination with the Apache brand===
> This product started out independent of Apache and under a GPL  
> license.  After discussions with a number of people within IBM,  
> Damien Katz agreed to pursue both incubation at the ASF, and  
> employment at IBM
>
> ==Documentation==
>
> ===Initial Source===
> Resides on [http://code.google.com/p/couchdb/ Google Code].  The  
> code has been recently relicensed from GPL to the Apache License,  
> Version 2.0, in anticipation of this submission.
>
> ===Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan===
> The bulk of the core code was written by Damien Katz.  Major  
> contributions include: a GNU Autotools build system supporting most  
> POSIX systems contributed by Noah Slater,  a built-in  
> administration interface provided by Christopher Lenz, and  
> experimental fulltext search with Lucene by Jan Lehnardt.  ICLAs  
> either have been, or are in the process of being, submitted for all  
> code involved in this submission.
>
> ICLA's are already on file for:
> * Jan Lehnardt
> * Christopher Lenz
> ICLA's in progress:
> * William Beh
> * Damien Katz
> * Dirk Schalge
> * Noah Slater
>
> There are a few (as in single digit) number of files that we are  
> continuing to sort through the licenses.  These include Public  
> Domain, X Consortium, and MITish licenses.
>
> ===External Dependencies===
> * [http://www.icu-project.org/ ICU] (MIT)
> * [http://www.erlang.org/ Erlang] (Erlang Public License)
> * [http://www.mozilla.org/js/spidermonkey/ SpiderMonkey] (Mozilla  
> Public License)
>
> ===Cryptography===
> Not applicable
>
> ===Required Resources===
> * Mailing lists:
> ** couchdb-pmc for private PMC discussions (with moderated  
> subscriptions)
> ** couchdb-dev
> ** couchdb-commits
> ** couchdb-user
> * Subversion Directory:
> ** https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/couchdb
> * Issue Tracking:
> ** JIRA couchdb
>
> ===Initial Committers===
> * William Beh
> * Damien Katz
> * Jan Lehnardt
> * Christopher Lenz
> * Dirk Schalge
> * Noah Slater
>
> ==Sponsors==
>
> ===Champion===
> Sam Ruby <rubys@apache.org>
>
> ===Nominated Mentors===
> Request input from the Apache community
>
> ===Sponsoring Entity===
> The Apache Incubator
>
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