ZeroConf in Ubuntu Edgy

Scott James Remnant scott at
Mon Jul 3 13:53:39 BST 2006

On Mon, 2006-07-03 at 12:30 +0800, Trent Lloyd wrote:

> Which brings us to the no open ports policy, having this policy means
> that, out of the box, no ubuntu system is vulnerable, which is a good
> albeit somewhat prohibitive policy.
> As far as I am aware the no open port policy is not up for debate, what
> we need to be concentrating on is an _easy_ way to enable zeroconf, I
> think that firewalls or allowing private iPs or MACs, etc are all silly,
> and that at the very basic level zeroconf should just me a 
> [X] Enable network service discovery
> in the network settings applet.
Another idea is to use the Mobile Phone idiom[0] ... ship a panel applet
with a pretty icon that by default has a big "X" across it.  Clicking
this applet gives you a menu with the following choices:

  * Not discoverable
    Discoverable for 5 minutes
    Always discoverable

This would at least be an interface that the user has likely encountered

Selecting the options would enable/disable things like Avahi and
Bluetooth appropriately.

Question though; would this just start/stop the mDNSresponder?  How
would that affect applications using the different libraries, etc.?


[0] I still want the entire panel applet list to be replaced by
    mobile-like icons :p
Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?
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