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

On Fri, 2006-09-22 at 00:53 +0200, Sjoerd Simons wrote:
> 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 :)

That's probably a good idea. :)

> 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..

For what it's worth, I agree.  Both libnss-mdns should be installed and
enabled by default.  If people object to the open socket, then installed
but not enabled by default would be sufficient.  The core avahi-daemon
isn't large (~500K installed) so this isn't a big deal.

Note that Ubuntu Edgy (AFAIK) does not install Avahi by default, and
even if you install it, it defaults to not running.  This is due to
their "no open ports" policy I presume.  However if I was in their
situation I'd have installed but not enabled it by default, as they are
putting unneeded barriers to working mDNS.

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