Accessing networked Macs from FreeBSD

24 April, 2012

Macs on a network automatically find each other using Bonjour, to avoid the need to add them to the hosts file. If you’re trying to access a host that ends in “.local” and it’s not working, chances are you need to set up Zeroconf in FreeBSD. The open equivalent of Bonjour is Avahi, which is available in ports.

This link gives an easy guide to setting that up, so you can easily communicate with other computers on the local network from your FreeBSD box.