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Why Tomcat is free? Who spent money developing it and give it away?

 
Bruce Jin
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Will we be charged later?
TIA.
 
David Weitzman
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There is a lot of open source and free software. Why do people do it? Who knows?
Tomcat in particular is part of the apache project. The Apache project develops open source software, so Tomcat as a sub-project is of course open source.
The GNU website provides an attempt to explain the motivation for doing things for free. Some people probably do it for publicity. Others because they know their software doesn't have the robustness/features to sell (or because they don't know how to sell it). Some for fame, some for practice. There isn't really an answer.
 
Mark Fletcher
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Hello,
In answer to your question, no.
Tomcat is developed by dozens of developers all over the world. In my humble opinion, in order for Tomcat to become a completely proprietary product, ie, you cant get it any other way without buying it, it would have to do so with the consent of all the developers who were involved in the project. And this is unlikely to happen.
Cheers,
Mark
 
faisal mahmood
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Tomcat is a reference implementation from Sun Microsystems (even though you see it from Apache - Sun wants to claim that it belongs to the community). It is not built with performance, clustering or other issues in mind. It's good tool for developers and servlet container vendors.
Production use is not recommended for good systems.
Faisal
 
faisal mahmood
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No, as long as Servlet/JSP live it will not be charged.
Faisal
 
Tom Diamond
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Open source is not just a way of doing things. It's a way of thinking, a way of living and so on ... (that's my opinion).
So if they decide to make Tomcat commercial, I am sure some others will develop something else (maybe better )
Tom.
 
Bruce Jin
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Thank you all for the reply. I think Tomcat in many situations is better than those commercial products. I really like it.
 
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