A reader of this blog has emailed to ask why Red Hat is not offering support for Tomcat.
Tomcat is a free, open source operating system, but Red Hat has a “non-free” license that makes it incompatible with some operating systems and software.
According to Red Hat, the company is still working with a “number of OEMs” to make Tomcat available on their platforms, but the company does not know if they will be able to do so in the foreseeable future.
“Tomcat will be available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 and later versions in the next few months,” Red Hat said in a blog post.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Tomcat, so please contact support for more information.” “
This means that customers that want to use Tomcat on their existing system should install the Tomcat Open package and be ready to go in the future.”
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Tomcat, so please contact support for more information.”
Red Hat also notes that the company supports Tomcat as part of its “continuous integration” process.
This means Red Hat works with the OS vendor to “provide additional support to RedHat Enterprise Linux and other products that rely on it, so long as the software is released under a different license, which is a standard supported by Red Hat.”
Tomcats support will continue for years to come.
In the meantime, Red Hat customers will be better off with an operating system like Red Hat Compute Engine or Red Hat VirtualBox.
RedHat customers can get Tomcat now from Red Hat’s web site.
The software will be supported for the foreseeable in Red House and Red Hat Cloud, too.