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From Jan Bartel <>
Subject Re: Does Geronimo use tomcat?
Date Thu, 18 Mar 2004 18:17:50 GMT

Currently Jetty has been integrated as the web layer in Geronimo. It has 
been the first because:

a) several of the committers to Geronimo also happen to be Jetty committers
b) it's very easy to integrate Jetty (but I say that as a Jetty 
committer! :-) )

The intention is that you should be able to plug any number of different 
web containers into Geronimo. When designing the web integration layer, 
we've taken particular care to come up with an architecture that is 
container neutral (take a look at the wiki pages over at

We would sincerely welcome contributions from Tomcat - we believe in 
strength in diversity!

Regarding the licensing of Jetty, it's license is compatible with Apache 
requirements, AFAIK.


Shapira, Yoav wrote:
> Hi,
> I was browsing the various Geronimo web sites today, starting with
>  I see mention of Jetty on the
> left-hand menu bar, which I assume is used for Servlets, and maybe also
> HTTP connection handling.  Is my assumption wrong?
> If my assumption is right, I'd like to know why Jetty was chosen over
> Tomcat.  This is surprising, especially in light of the statement on the
> incubator front page that "The aim of the project is to produce a large
> and healthy community of J2EE developers tasked with the development of
> an open source, certified J2EE server, that is ASF licensed and passes
> Sun's TCK reusing the best ASF/BSD licensed code available today and
> adding new code to complete the J2EE stack."  Jetty is neither ASF nor
> BSD licensed from what I see, choosing its own license
> (
> A search of this list's archives
> (
> comes up with a few hits and references, including one from Senor
> Srinivas asking to update the Geronimo Maven repository with Tomcat
> 5.0.18.
> So what's the status?  If tomcat is used, shouldn't that be documented
> somewhere?  If tomcat is not used, why?  Do we need a bit more
> communications between tomcat-dev and Geronimo-dev?
> Thanks,
> Yoav Shapira
> Millennium Research Informatics
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