Tomcat也是Sun(现并入Oracle)捐献的代码, 看来, 很多人都可以算得上是Oracle用户了, 例如: MySQL, Tomcat. 来源: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Tomcat

Tomcat started off as a servlet reference implementation by James Duncan Davidson, a software architect at Sun Microsystems. He later helped make the project open source and played a key role in its donation by Sun to the Apache Software Foundation. The Apache Ant software build automation tool was developed as a side-effect of the creation of Tomcat as an open source project.

Davidson had initially hoped that the project would become open sourced and, since many open source projects had O’Reilly books associated with them featuring an animal on the cover, he wanted to name the project after an animal. He came up with Tomcat since he reasoned the animal represented something that could fend for itself. Although the tomcat was already in use for another O’Reilly title, his wish to see an animal cover eventually came true when O’Reilly published their Tomcat book with a snow leopard on the cover.[3]

Apache Tomcat versions
Version Release Date Description
3.0.x. (initial release) 1999 Merger of donated Sun Java Web Server code and ASF and Implements Servlet 2.2 and JSP 1.1 specifications.
3.3.2 March 9, 2004 Last of the 3.x releases.
4.1.31 October 11, 2004
4.1.36 March 24, 2007
4.1.39 December 3, 2008
4.1.40 June 25, 2009 Latest 4.x release.
5.0.0 October 9, 2002
5.0.23
5.0.24 May 9, 2004
5.0.28 August 28, 2004
5.0.30 August 30, 2004
5.5.0 August 31, 2004
5.5.1 September 7, 2004
5.5.4 November 10, 2004
5.5.7 January 30, 2005
5.5.9 April 11, 2005
5.5.12 October 9, 2005
5.5.15 January 21, 2006
5.5.16 March 16, 2006
5.5.17 April 28, 2006
5.5.20 September 1, 2006
5.5.23 March 2007
5.5.25 September 2007
5.5.26 February 2008
5.5.27 September 8, 2008
5.5.28 September 4, 2009
5.5.30 July 9, 2010
5.5.31 September 16, 2010 Latest 5.x release.
6.0.0 December 1, 2006
6.0.10 March 1, 2007
6.0.13 May 15, 2007
6.0.14 August 13, 2007
6.0.16 February 7, 2008
6.0.18 July 31, 2008
6.0.20 June 3, 2009
6.0.24 January 21, 2010
6.0.26 March 11, 2010
6.0.28 July 9, 2010
6.0.29 July 22, 2010 Current stable version.
7.0.0 beta June 29, 2010 First Apache Tomcat release to support the Servlet 3.0, JSP 2.2, and EL 2.2 specifications.
7.0.2 beta August 20, 2010 Current beta version.

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