Apple’s zero configuration networking technology
is catching on with developers the company said on Tuesday from Paris. Apple said that five new developers announced support for the technology at Apple Expo.
Joining Hewlett Packard, Epson and Lexmark, who pledged support for the technology at Macworld Expo in July, are Philips, Canon, Xerox, Sybase and World Book.
“Apple and Philips share a vision for the future,” said Gerard Kleisterlee, CEO of Royal Philips Electronics. “We both believe that consumers want devices throughout the home to talk to each other, so that, for example, the music stored in iTunes on your Mac can play through the Philips stereo system in your living room, or the photos stored in iPhoto can be displayed as a stunning slideshow on your Philips Flat TV. Rendezvous helps realize this dream. Philips is particularly pleased that Apple has adopted an open standard and architecture for Rendezvous, and we will support Rendezvous in future Philips products.”
Apple told MacCentral on August 29 that they would return Rendezvous — Apple’s implementation of the ZeroConf standard — to the open source community. Other Apple open source projects include Darwin 6.0 and OpenDirectory.
“No one wants any one company to own or control the core networking technology for the home, school or office,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Rendezvous is becoming a prime example of how open standards can drive innovation and quick adoption in a wide variety of products.”