Re: Gnome VFS - plans for Gnome 2.8

On Mar 25, 2004, at 9:51 AM, 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.

Zeroconf is simpler and more UNIXy, and it'd be the way to go in a technical vacuum. That said, I'd guess that (standard) GNOME has better user-level support for SMB than NFS for a reason: SMB is used by more "enterprise" servers than NFS, and more enterprise clients want to use SMB shares.

I couldn't begin to guess which technology will end up winning the consumer electronics service discovery "market", but sadly, I'd guess that the dominating technology won't be chosen based on purely technical merit. Hedging bets by supporting both zeroconf and UPnP (if those doing the work have time) is probably not a much worse use of time than supporting zeroconf alone.

- George

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