Avahi 0.6.14 review

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Avahi is a framework for Multicast DNS Service Discovery on Linux

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 901K
Developer: Avahi Team
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Avahi is a framework for Multicast DNS Service Discovery on Linux.
It allows programs to publish and discover services and hosts running on a local network with no specific configuration.

For example, you can plug into a network and instantly find printers to print to, files to look at, and people to talk to.

Here are some key features of "Avahi":
Licensed under LGPL
IPv4 and IPv6 support
DBUS interface
Drops all priviliges and runs as user "avahi"
Embeddable mDNS stack (i.e. mDNS stack available as library)
Support for loading static service definitions from XML fragments
Interface to GLIBC NSS using [WWW]nss-mdns
Ability to reflect mDNS traffic between multiple subnets
Ability to configure a unicast DNS server automatically from server data published on the LAN

Linux 2.4 or 2.6 with IP multicasting enabled
glib2 (optional)
DBUS 0.3x or newer (optional, for IPC with client applications)
gtk2 + glade2 (optional, for the GUI avahi-discover-standalone tool)
doxygen (optional, for the API documentation)
Python2.4, pygtk2 (optional, for the client tools)
python-twisted (optional, for the tool avahi-bookmarks)

What's New in This Release:
This release adds a new daemon, "avahi-autoipd".
It fixes a segfault in the code handling static host name registrations.
There are other minor changes.

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