New ZeroConf Spec

Lukas Sabota punkrockguy318 at
Tue Jul 4 20:28:55 BST 2006

On Mon, 2006-07-03 at 23:03 -0400, Rob J. Caskey wrote:
> is now drafting.
> This differs from previous specs in that it advocates a change in our
> one-ports policy.
> Please discuss.
> --Rob Caskey
	I feel that ZeroConf is a really cool technology, and should be
embraced by Ubuntu.  However, I don't feel ZeroConf services should be
started by default; all ZeroConf services should be off by default, so
that no ports are open.
	However, these technologies should be fairly easy to start, if the user
recognizes the risk but would like the functionality.  In MacOSX, iChat
asks in a first-run wizard if Bonjour should be enabled.  Perhaps a
preference could be added to Gaim, Rhythmbox, and other ZeroConf
applications that would start the ZeroConf services and notify the user
that a port is being opened.   When all ZeroConf applications are
closed, the ZeroConf daemon could be stopped, closing the port.
	What do others feel about the above plan of action?  Please respond
with criticism.

God bless,

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