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
http://www.opensource.apple.com/projects/rendezvous . Rendezvous is part of a
broader open source release today from Apple at
http://developer.apple.com/Darwin 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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