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Bug#388549: Please pull avahi-daemon with a GNOME desktop installation (for Rhythmbox)

On Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 01:50:23PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> Ross, since you maintain it, I'd appreciate any thoughts you have about
> whether avahi should be included in the default desktop install. IMHO,
> you should have veto power over putting it in; conversely if you think
> it's a good idea that will count for something in my decision.

While Ross is still listed as the maintainer, in practise the package is
maintained by Sebastian Droege and myself. Guess we should change the
maintainer failed someday :)

I really would like to see avahi in the default (gnome?, kde?,.. ) desktop
install. All parts of zeroconf should really be what the name implies, no extra
configurations needed. Having things like music sharing (when turned on in
rhythmbox),  the autodetection of local websites in epiphany or the
autodetection of local ftp/sftp/dav-shares in nautilus just work is imho an
important part of the polish that we as a distribution can provide to the gnome
desktop. I don't know how well it's integrated in the other desktops, so i
guess that should be on a case-by-case basis.

If avahi is install by default though, libnss-mdns should probably be in too.
Although that package needs some work (ensuring automatic setup of nsswitch..)
and the maintainer seems MIA :(. I've been planning to do some work on the
package, but didn't have the time yet..

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle!
		-- Doug Clifford

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