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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject The ApacheCon EU Announcements
Date Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:01:03 GMT
Hey all,

it is ApacheCon EU next week and CouchDB has a full track of great talks, yay! \o/ (Click on “Couch”
in the side bar, to see all our talks :)

I’m scheduled to give a CouchDB State of the Union kind of talk on Monday morning and aside
from where we are coming from and what the current state is, I’d like to make some forward
looking statements about CouchDB 2.0.

The big news, of course, is the BigCouch merge and what this means for CouchDB. There are
also various bits and pieces about things that we have done outside of that (the rcouch merge),
as well as a few things that are part of the merge, but are worth pointing out on its own
(like better compaction e.g.).

I’d like to do one better though. Bob Newson has already mentioned a few times that master
is now in a state that it would be great if more people could get their hands on it.

To that end, I’d like to propose that we announce and release[1] a “Developer Preview”
version of master as it is now (+ the _cluster_setup) work.

If you agree, what do you think we should be doing for this?

My short list is:
1. finish /_cluster_setup & Fauxton UI, to make cluster setup easier
2. write “how to get started” guide
3. figure out what a “release” could look like.

For 1. I can do on the backend, but I’d love some help from the Fauxton team for the UI

For 2. I can do too, but any volunteers are welcome :D

For 3. I only have a vague understanding of how to do releases in a 2.0 world overall. Ideally,
we have something that puts out nightly tarballs (easily done on our CI server). A next step
and nice to have would be pre-built binaries for people to run, as well as a Docker/Vagrant/etc
setup that people can use. But I don’t know how far away all of these are for us at this
point. Can anyone shed some light on this?

* * *

Ideally, our Nov 17. Announcement says that everything is available right away.

Is there anything else that you think we absolutely need to do to make a “Developer Preview”
of CouchDB 2.0? Do you see any significant issues with the things I outlined above?

Is there anything in particular that I should be mentioning in (one of) my ApacheCon EU talk(s)?

Thank you for your help!

[1]: This doesn’t have to be an ASF, capital R, Release,d putting up some tarballs somewhere
would be fine.

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