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From "Niall Pemberton" <niall.pember...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept CouchDB for incubation
Date Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:20:00 GMT
+1

Niall

On Feb 9, 2008 4:09 PM, Sam Ruby <rubys@apache.org> wrote:
> We've had an initial discussion, which attracted a number of messages
> of encouragement, and identified no issues or concerns.  Then we
> proceeded onto a proposal, which attracted three excellent mentors.
> Now it is time to vote on the proposal which can be found on the
> Apache Wiki, and reproduced below.
>
> I would like to proudly start this off with my +1.
>
> - Sam Ruby
>
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CouchDBProposal
>
>
> Project Name: CouchDB
> -----------------------------
>
> == Proposal ==
> The goal is to create either an Apache top level project 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
>  * Sam Ruby
>  * Dirk Schalge
>  * Noah Slater
>
> == Sponsors ==
>
> === Champion ===
> Sam Ruby <rubys@apache.org>
>
> === Nominated Mentors ===
>  * Jim Jagielski
>  * Gianugo Rabellino
>  * Ted Leung
>
> === Sponsoring Entity ===
> The Apache Incubator
>
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