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From Rémy Maucherat <>
Subject Tomcat
Date Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:52:38 GMT

This has been hinted at in the past, but is not being discussed anymore.

Possible options:
a) Release a new 8.x branch that would include the connectors from 9 to
support HTTP/2 [OpenSSL now allows realistic support without having to wait
for Java 9], and thus would remove a few legacy items.
b) A more radical option is to use 9 as 8.x but remove the Servlet API
changes. This would force Java 8 and many incompatible changes.
c) Give up on 8.x and instead release 9 as beta, then stable, with an
explicit exception about the Servlet 4 API additions being "preview" until
further notice. That's probably the solution which involves the least
effort by far.
d) Nothing. No 8.x release. 9 will be released sometimes in 2017 when
Servlet 4 is released. The main issue is that there's no HTTP/2 support
until then. The longer we wait, the more a major release will conflict with
the "intuitive" 9 release cycle in 2017.

Comments ?


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