The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache
Tomcat 8.0.8 (beta).

Apache Tomcat 8 is an open source software implementation of the Java
Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java
WebSocket technologies.

Apache Tomcat 8 is aligned with Java EE 7. In addition to supporting
updated versions of the Java EE specifications, Tomcat 8 includes a
number of improvements compared to Tomcat 7. The notable changes

- Support for Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified
  Expression Language 3.0 and Java WebSocket 1.0.

- The default connector implementation is now the Java non-blocking
  implementation (NIO) for both HTTP and AJP.

- A new resources implementation that replaces Aliases, VirtualLoader,
  VirtualDirContext, JAR resources and external repositories with a
  single, consistent approach for configuring additional web
  application resources. The new resources implementation can also be
  used to implement overlays (using a master WAR as the basis for
  multiple web applications that each have their own

Apache Tomcat 8.0.8 includes numerous fixes for issues identified
in 8.0.5 as well as a number of other enhancements and changes. The
notable changes since 8.0.5 include:

- Further fixes for the NIO2 connector which is now considered BETA

- Extend and improve memory leak protection and fix a few leaks that
  crept in during the various refactorings

- Add additional protection against a failure to correctly recycle the
  request and response objects

Please refer to the change log for the complete list of changes:

The purpose of this beta release is to give users an opportunity to test
Tomcat 8 and to provide feedback to the Tomcat community. Although it is
a beta release, it is expected to run stably and is being used in
production at the ASF for the ASF's Jira instance. The beta status is
primarily because the Tomcat developers feel more feedback is required
before a stable release because there may be a small amount of further

Note: This version has 4 zip binaries: a generic one and three
      bundled with Tomcat native binaries for Windows operating systems
      running on different CPU architectures.


Migration guides from Apache Tomcat 5.5.x, 6.0.x and 7.0.x:


- The Apache Tomcat team

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