New ZeroConf Spec

Viper550 gthompson at
Thu Jul 27 14:36:25 BST 2006

Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> On 7/27/06, Dan Kegel <dank at> wrote:
>> I'll shut up now for at least a week.  As I said earlier, it's clear 
>> that
>> the average person on this list wants Avahi so badly that they couldn't
>> care less about the security implications.
> I'm an average person on this list and I don't want Avahi enabled by
> default.  I don't want to deal with the security implications, and
> like the average home PC user, I don't have a network that could take
> advantage of it anyway.  If people really want Avahi, have the
> installer detect a ZeroConf capable home network and then prompt the
> user or something.
> Just please please please don't have it on by default.  I hope the
> "cooler heads" at Canonical ignore this agitation and stick with the
> current policy of security and ignore the "but it's cool" crowd that
> keeps clamoring for it to be enabled out of the box.
Yeah, Fedora Core 5 has something similar in a similar vein called 
"SELinux", but you get asked if you want to turn it on during the first 
boot wizard. But if you want to turn it on later, they offer a "Security 
Level and Firewall" preference pane in the Administration submenu in the 
System menu on the default Gnome desktop!


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