Apple 'Open Sources' Rendezvous

Sep 25, 2002, 01:00 ET from Apple Computer Inc.

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Apple(R) (Nasdaq:   AAPL) today announced it is "open sourcing" the code for its
 innovative new Rendezvous(TM) networking technology.  Rendezvous, based on
 open Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standard Protocols such as IP, ARP
 and DNS, uses industry standard networking protocols and zero configuration
 technology to automatically discover and connect devices over any IP network,
 such as Ethernet or 802.11-based wireless networks like Apple's Airport(R).
 Major developers such as Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Philips,
 Sybase, World Book and Xerox have announced support for Rendezvous in a broad
 range of products spanning network printers, consumer electronics, enterprise
 database management and educational applications.
     "Rendezvous is a major innovation in IP networking that creates dynamic
 networks of computers, devices and software applications with zero user
 configuration," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of
 Worldwide Product Marketing.  "By supporting an open standards process and
 providing open source software that is available today, Apple is encouraging
 the rapid adoption of Rendezvous technology."
     By making the source code freely available, Apple is making it easy for
 developers to use Rendezvous technology in their network-enabled devices or
 software applications.  The Rendezvous source code includes software to
 support UNIX, Linux, and Windows-based systems and devices.  Rendezvous
 support is built into Mac(R) OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" and is used by Apple's
 innovative new iChat application.  Apple is working closely with the IETF
 Zeroconf Working Group to help develop zero configuration IP networking
 technology and is submitting Rendezvous as an open standard as part of the
 ongoing IETF standardization process.
     Starting today, developers can download Rendezvous as open source under
 the Apple Public Source License from .  Rendezvous is part of a
 broader open source release today from Apple at which includes the Darwin 6.0.1 operating
 system and additional Open Directory plug-ins.  Together, these underscore
 Apple's commitment to making core protocols freely available as open standards
 and open source.
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
 Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to
 students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world
 through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, Rendezvous and
 Airport are trademarks of Apple.  Other company and product names may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.
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