SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) - MuleSoft, the Web Middleware Company, today announced that it has partnered with Canonical, the number one Ubuntu services provider. Through this partnership, MuleSoft is working with Canonical to improve the Apache Tomcat package for Ubuntu and Debian. These contributions, focused on improving "out-of-the-box" usability of Tomcat with these distributions of Linux, will appear in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Debian Squeeze (6.0) releases.

"We share MuleSoft's goal in improving the experience for users of open source software," said Matt Asay, COO of Canonical. "The work that MuleSoft is doing will dramatically simplify the installation, configuration and use of Tomcat for the Debian and Ubuntu communities. We are fortunate to have some of the world's leading Tomcat experts now involved in both projects." 

Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has become the fastest growing Linux distribution in the world, with millions of users on the desktop and server. Built by a worldwide team of expert developers, Ubuntu brings together the world's best free and open source software and contains a number of important applications, including a web browser, office suite, media applications, instant messaging and more, all for use on common technology platforms. 

Improvements made to the Tomcat packages in Debian and Ubuntu include:

  • JSVC is no longer used by the package
  • Authbind is now the standard method for binding Tomcat to ports lower than 1024
  • The security manager now defaults to the disabled state
  • Reliable restarts are now implemented in the init script
  • The Debian Tomcat 6 package is now up to date with the latest stable release of Tomcat, 6.0.24

"Part of our core mission at MuleSoft is to continue driving innovation in open source and to make life easier for users of Tomcat, however they access it," said Jason Brittain, MuleSoft software architect and co-author of Tomcat: the Definitive Guide. "About half of all the people who run Tomcat in a server environment get it through a Linux distribution, so many of the world's Tomcat users will benefit from these improvements."

For more detailed information about the improvements made to the Tomcat packaging in Ubuntu and Debian, visit:

About MuleSoft
MuleSoft is the Web Middleware Company, providing enterprise-class software based on the world's most popular open source application infrastructure products, Mule ESB and Apache Tomcat. With Mule ESB, Tcat Server and iBeans, MuleSoft brings an ideal combination of simplicity and power to today's web applications. Its products boast more than 1.5 million downloads and over 2,500 production deployments by leading organizations such as, Nestlé, Honeywell and DHL, as well as 5 of the world's top 10 banks. MuleSoft is headquartered in San Francisco with offices worldwide.

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About Canonical
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu -- an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks. Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit

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