Re: ZeroConf stuff missing in KDE 3.4 packages?
(Jakub, this is a reply to a mail  in the debian-kde mailing list,
which asks why our KDE 3.4 packages don't include ZeroConf support.)
* Sebastian Ley [Wed, 06 Apr 2005 01:42:48 +0200]:
> I just tried out the new KDE 3.4 packages from Alioth. Except for a filename
> clash between kmail and kdebase-data which needed manual intervention
> (manually upgrade kdebase-data beforehand), installation went smoothly.
> Thanks for the good work!
> However I noticed that the ZeroConf stuff is not packaged. There is an ioslave
> and perhaps other stuff which I would have liked to play with. Is there any
> reason why it is not packaged?
Yes, because mDNSResponder is not in Debian. Some relevant facts:
- there is a mdnsresponder package in Debian, but it comes from the
'howl' source package. From what I've read (from KDE dnssd/INSTALL
file), it doesn't contain the _original_ mDNSResponder from Apple,
but a forked version.
- howl is being removed from Debian (see bug #289856), because
contains code licensed under the APSL, which is considered
non-DFSG free by debian-legal. AFAIK, other distributions as
Ubuntu are removing it too.
- in theory someone could package the original Apple version and put
it in non-free or something, but I don't know how would one make
kdelibs use that (IOW, how would one split kdelibs and the rest of
- I believe GNOME is moving away from Howl, and that a new library
(Avahi ) written from scratch is being pushed. In , it says
"this projects seems dead unfortunately", but that may no longer
be the case. Still, I have no idea if KDE upstream keeps an eye on
this project, or has any plans on using it some day. (Upstream
CC'ed to gather information about this.)
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