Next Generation Desktop (?)

Being on the bleeding edge of a GNU/Linux operating system means having to deal with some of the most exciting next-generation applications.

I am running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on my laptop and as of today I had very few problems with it. I enjoy seeing how many beautiful pieces of software are packed for tomorrow's desktop.

Two of them are really great: PulseAudio and Avahi.

PulseAudio is a sound server, a nice replacement for ESD that offers better performance and shiny features like network audio sources and so on… Not being inside the audio programmers' world, I cannot understand some of the most deep details of it, but I'm happy with good new software to test.

Avahi is described like The Next Big Thing in networking: automatic IP assignment, automatic discovery of services, share folders, printers (and audio streams, with PulseAudio), zero-configuration messaging with buddies in your local network…  the question is: how in the world can I make use of this heaven? I mean in real life, in my department laboratory (with static IPs 😐 ) where there are no other GNU/Linux computers other than my laptop, have I got some chance to see a buddy jump out in Gajim, a shared folder in Nautilus, or can someone see my shared items being on Windows? Are MS network administrators aware of the existance of zeroconf networks? Do they like it?

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Stefano Costa

Archaeologist, I study the Late Antique and Early Medieval/Byzantine period on the northern side of the Mediterranean, focusing on pottery usage patterns. I'm also involved in open source and open knowledge communities, like OSGeo, the IOSA project and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

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