June 30th, 2004, 19:39

Apple has made available technology preview editions of Rendezvous, their network management simplifier, for FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, and Windows. Has anyone tried this out? I'm curious to know if it lives up to the hype.

June 30th, 2004, 20:20
Rendezvous is a really neat idea without much traction. If this code release pays off, the traction will start happening. It needs more support from manufacturers (like HP does on laser printers). (Too bad Apple's release didn't support Win98/ME as well.)

I think that Rendezvous will be necessary to do any hacking with Airport Express. ('Course the lossless audio compression may turn out to be a no-go for *BSD hackers to generate.) iTunes will use Rendezvous to discover any available AE bricks.

Here are a couple of other links:

How to use it at home:




This site also lists other implementations of Zeroconf/Rendezvous (Java, Python).

August 5th, 2004, 16:09
Just FYI, Apple's branding this technology "Rendezvous" will probably change to OpenTalk very soon.