Zeroconf is designed for small networks, though it also has to be harmless to "real" networks - that is, networks with assigned IP addresses, DHCP servers etc. Zeroconf capable devices need nothing else to tell them how to make themselves part of a network:
(from http://www.zeroconf.org) * Allocate addresses without a DHCP server (IPv4 Link-Local Addressing) * Translate between names and IP addresses without a DNS server (Multicast DNS) * Find services, like printers, without a directory server (DNS Service Discovery) * Allocate IP Multicast addresses without a MADCAP server (future work)
Howl is included with Fedora Core 3.
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