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From "Sam Ruby" <>
Subject [VOTE] Accept CouchDB for incubation
Date Sat, 09 Feb 2008 16:09:20 GMT
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

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 [ 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

=== 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
[ 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

== Documentation ==

=== Initial Source ===
Resides on [ 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

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 ===
 * [ ICU] (MIT)
 * [ Erlang] (Erlang Public License)
 * [ 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:
 * Issue Tracking:
  * JIRA couchdb

=== Initial Committers ===
 * William Beh
 * Damien Katz
 * Jan Lehnardt
 * Christopher Lenz
 * Sam Ruby
 * Dirk Schalge
 * Noah Slater

== Sponsors ==

=== Champion ===
Sam Ruby <>

=== Nominated Mentors ===
 * Jim Jagielski
 * Gianugo Rabellino
 * Ted Leung

=== Sponsoring Entity ===
The Apache Incubator

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