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MacCentral: Apple to Release Rendezvous as Open Source

Aug 30, 2002, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Dalrymple)

"Apple Computer Inc. will release the source code for Rendezvous to the open source community in early September, the company said in an interview today. Rendezvous is Apple's implementation of the ZeroConf standard documented by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the group responsible for defining Internet standards.

"First documented in the late 1990s by the IETF and sponsored by Apple, Rendezvous is a zero configuration technology that brings together Internet IP standards and LAN networks. Using Rendezvous, devices such as printers can be seen on a network with no setup from the end user.

"'We're taking the ease of use of LAN-based networking and marrying it with the standardization and all the benefits of the Internet,' Brian Croll, Apple's senior director software, Worldwide Product Marketing, told MacCentral. 'Rendezvous covers the whole networking problem of setting up an adhoc network where there is no server with IP standards...'

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