There are several versions of Apache Tomcat 3.x currently
available for download:
- Version 3.3 is the current production quality release for
the Servlet 2.2 and JSP 1.1 specifications. Apache Tomcat 3.3 is the latest
continuation of the Apache Tomcat 3.x architecture and it is more advanced then 3.2.4,
which is the 'old' production quality release.
- Version 3.2.4 is the 'old' production quality release and is now in
maintenance only mode.
- Version 3.1.1 is a legacy release.
All Apache Tomcat 3.x releases trace their heritage back to the
original Servlet and JSP implementations that Sun donated to the Apache
Software Foundation. The 3.x versions all implement the Servlet
2.2 and JSP 1.1 specifications.
Apache Tomcat 3.3.x. Version 3.3.2 is the current production
quality release. It continues the refactoring that was begun in version 3.2 and
carries it to its logical conclusion. Version 3.3 provides a much more modular
design and allows the servlet container to be customized by adding and removing
modules that control the processing of servlet requests. This version also
contains many performance improvements.
Apache Tomcat 3.2.x. Version 3.2 added few new features
since 3.1; the major effort was a refactoring of the internals to improve
performance and stability. The 3.2.1 release, like 3.1.1, was a security
patch. Version 3.2.2 fixed a large number of bugs and all known
specification compliance issues. Version 3.2.3 was a security update that
closes a serious security hole. Version 3.2.4 is a minor bug fix release.
All users of Apache Tomcat versions prior to 3.2.3 should updgrade as soon as
possible. With the exception of fixes for critical security related bugs,
development on the Apache Tomcat 3.2.x branch has stopped.
Apache Tomcat 3.1.x. The 3.1 release contained several
improvements over Apache Tomcat 3.0, including servlet reloading, WAR file
support and added connectors for the IIS and Netscape web servers. The
latest maintenance release, 3.1.1, contained fixes for security problems.
There is no active development ongoing for Apache Tomcat 3.1.x. Users of Apache Tomcat
3.1 should update to 3.1.1 to close the security holes and they are
strongly encouraged to migrate to the current production release, Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat 3.0.x. Initial Apache Tomcat release.
We encourage all users to upgrade to Apache Tomcat 5.x whenever