Re: Gnome VFS - plans for Gnome 2.8

On Thu, 2004-03-25 at 12:51 -0500, Sean Middleditch wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-03-25 at 12:10, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > On Thu, 2004-03-25 at 17:55, George Karabin wrote:
> > > 
> > > Have you looked at UPnP ( It looks fairly  
> > > heavyweight, but it's targeted at some of the same sorts of things as  
> > > zeroconf/Rendezvous. I imagine the initial interest in mDNS and webdav  
> > > is for network file sharing. A short and sweet example of how UPnP  
> > > might be used for something similar is MediaServer  
> > > ( I'm sure there  
> > > are plenty of others.
> > 
> > Wow. That looks pretty overengineered. xml, soap and all sorts of
> > buzzwords. :)
> It's Microsoft-endorsed.  What do you expect?  ;-)
> I might be biased, but I think working towards Zeroconf is a much better
> use of time.  It has much broader range of support on UNIX systems
> (mostly thanks to pushing by Apple and their Open Source
> implementation), and it doesn't have the uber-annoying poor security
> considerations of UPnP.  (UPnP, for example, offers a way for clients to
> punch holes through your UPnP-enabled firewall automatically.  Can you
> say Trojan?)
I'd personally vote for SLP ( It seems to fit much
better in large networks and in multiuser systems.

Registration of services is really easy, either by config files
(/etc/slp.reg and /etc/slp.d/) or by the API. It only needs a
system-wide daemon, and, as some people say, it fits well in small
networks and scales perfectly for large networks.


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