GSOC idea

Evan Schoenberg, M.D. evan.s at
Thu Mar 25 17:51:45 EDT 2010


On Mar 25, 2010, at 4:46 PM, Viktor Lofgren wrote:

> Hello. My name is Viktor Lofgren, and I'm a physics major from Sweden. I am
> indeed another GSOC-hopeful bogging down the mailing list.
> I have a kinda neat idea I've been playing around with for a while: A plugin for
> local-network presence announcement. It would naturally not be enabled by
> default, and require both ends to have it enabled to do anything. But what it
> would do would basically be something like send out a broadcasted packet
> requesting a reply from anyone running the plugin with their IM handle and
> possibly some sort of description or whatever.
> I think it would be very useful functionality for anyone on a reasonably big
> network, on an open wireless network, and so on.
> Does this pique anyone's interest, or is it back to the drawing board for me?

Are you familiar with the Bonjour protocol, an implementation of which is already in Pidgin? What would you see your proposed plugin adding that would be unique relative to it?


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