Avahi 0.2, the 'Dzień Dobry' release
* Unfortunately this release broke the API/ABI of libavahi-client
with the following function removals
Removal of these functions may affect users of the 0.1 API
The following functions were simply for debugging information
and their removal should not affect anyone
Note that while the libavahi-client API changed slightly, the DBUS
API itself has only had additions and no existing definitions
* avahi-daemon will now ignore local IP addresses with the "link" scope
unless it is the only IP address on the interface.
* avahi-daemon will no longer fail to start if D-BUS is not
available (if configured with enable-dbus=warn)
* Fixed a potential crasher when resolving things in libavahi-core.
* New example demonstrating integration into glib applications
* Addition new convenience AvahiStringList functions
* Fixed a typo in avahi-glib.pc that stopped programs using
the GLIB api from compiling correctly
* A critical bug in the reflector was fixed where it may go into a
state of constantly flooding queries out to the network.
* Introduced new asynchronous resolver API
* libavahi-client gained an API for resolving HostNames and Addresses
in addition to the ServiceResolver provided in 0.1
* Added support for Arch and Gentoo linux distributions.
* Allowed configuration on non-supported distributions
* Fixed a critical bug where you cannot use more than one AvahiClient
or use it in an application already using D-BUS
* Fixed assembly of empty string lists to RFC compliant TXT records
* Added a new service type description database with human
understandable descriptions of services and translations.
* Fixed various minor memory corruption bugs
* Fixed an issue where Avahi might think it encountered a conflict
if the process or machine has been suspended
* Fixed compilation and runtime issues on 64-bit distributions
Avahi 0.1, the "Guten Tag" release
The Avahi team would like to announce the immediate availability of
Avahi 0.1 "Guten Tag".
Avahi is a fully LGPL framework for Multicast DNS Service Discovery.
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.
Avahi is designed to be compatible with the mDNS/DNS-SD specification
and boasts the following features
* Fully open source and freely available under the LGPL
* Full IPv4 and IPv6 support
* An embeddable mDNS stack
* Dynamic adjustment to network reconfiguration
* Daemon with DBUS API for desktop applications
* C library to interface with the DBUS API
* Compatible with other mDNS/DNS-SD implementations such as
Howl and Apple Bonjour (previously Rendezvous)
* Ability to correctly "reflect" mDNS between two or more LAN segments
* Ability to configure DNS servers based on mDNS/DNS-SD published
information, a feature that is very usefull on IPv6
which has no other mechanism for this.
* Combined with nss-mdns, allows hostname lookup such as
'laptop.local' without the configuration of a DNS server.
* Easy integration into GLIB, GTK other mainloop applications.
* Documentation and examples of both developer APIs and utilities.
mDNS/DNS-SD is part of a larger set of specifications for easy
configuration of networking known as "ZeroConf"
(http://www.zeroconf.org/), with the aim of allowing you to plug into
a network and instantly be able to interact with it's services.
Avahi was designed to be a fully free implementation, and is
available under the LGPL. Many other implementations of the mDNS/DNS-SD
specification were previously non-free, restricting their use in many
platforms such as the GNOME desktop and many distributions.
While Avahi is a 0.1 release, we feel it is feature complete and
available for immediate use, developers can make use of the Avahi
client library to provide above mentioned functionality in their
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We would like to thank the following people for their
contribution to Avahi 0.1.
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