tomcat -> which version to download

James Page at
Wed Apr 6 08:04:59 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-03-31 at 17:04 +0530, Kaushal Shriyan wrote:
> As of now I am using tomcat apache 5.5.27 with java version "1.6.0_24"
> on Ubuntu Server 10.04. I happened to visit the url ->
> Bit confused. Not sure
> which version i need to go for my production purpose to avail latest
> features and performance improvement.
> Please suggest/guide. 

The Servlet and JSP API's are designed to be backwards compatible so you
should be able to run applications developed on Tomcat 5.5 on Tomcat 6.

I would go for 6 over 5.5 as generally the optimizations and hence
performance improves with each release of Tomcat so the latest available
would be best.

As Clint points out making use of the tomcat6 package in Lucid would get
you the benefit of Ubuntu managed patches for critical issues (and there
have been some!)

James Page
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server Team
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