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From "Cox, Charlie" <>
Subject RE: Where's 4.1.31?
Date Fri, 20 Aug 2004 17:51:50 GMT
I really hate comments like this. I'm glad you have plenty of free time to
upgrade to 5.x. When Tomcat 5.x was released, I was already midstream in
replacing IIS/ASP with Tomcat 4.1 and I'm happy to be able to do just that.
Now we're focusing on business needs and less on upgrading something that is
already 100% more stable and less buggy than IIS.

So right now from a business perspective, upgrading because it's there is
not a reason to upgrade. If I perceive that 4.x is slow for my application,
then I have a reason to upgrade. If I need the new listeners, status
monitor, or other enhancements, then I will consider an upgrade.

This is about filling a need, which 4.x does for me right now. 5.x would
fill that need as well (probably improved performance - I'll need to test
it) but offers nothing that I must have right now. Am I concerned about
performance? Yes. Is the current 4.1 performance bad? No. There are
nice-to-haves, but not enough to trump my current workload. Nothing against
5.x, but it's not a priority for me yet.

I'm impartial about another 4.1 release(no problems for me), and I don't
expect it to be supported forever, however I get annoyed by people assuming
that I have already implemented a newer version without realizing the
potential effort required.

We'll get there as time allows or requirements demand but not just because
it's available.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jess Holle []
> Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 12:16 PM
> To: Tomcat Developers List
> Subject: Re: Where's 4.1.31?
> Cox, Charlie wrote:
> >Because a 4.1.x upgrade is not an api change. There is much more testing
> >involved in upgrading to a new major version than a point release. The
> >problem is finding the time to review the (possible)effects of 5.x on
> >installation and all your applications when you could roll out a point
> >release with much less effort.
> >
> >
> Unless your app is not moving into the future this should have already
> been done with 5.x by this point (just possibly not yet deployed) --
> --
> Jess Holle
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