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    Re: Wrong
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday September 14 2002, @12:33PM (#9236)
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    I can't speak for the poster I was responding to, as I can't be sure what they meant by 'bigger', but I assume they meant the total number of registered sLDs (second level domains). Most so-called 'alternative roots' are more accurately called complementary roots as they contain both the ICANN or USG root, .com, .net, .uk, et cetera, as well as their own Top Level Domains, egs: .web, .firm, .sucks. Therefore their TLD space is certainly 'bigger'. As the complementary roots contain both the USG or ICANN root as well as their own TLDs and their registered sLDs, again one can assume they are 'bigger'. Although on further thinking about it, as some complementary roots point to an earlier .biz rather than ICANN's version, and as the latter has approximately 300,000 registered sLDs, that modifies the comparison somewhat, one would have to know how this compares to the total number of sLDs registered in non-ICANN TLDs, and in various complementary roots, and I don't have those figures. So I guess if the unit is a TLD, complementary roots are certainly larger, if the unit is an sLD, complementary roots were larger until recently and at least some may still be. Given the lack of unique content available via ICANN's .biz, even if it has now tipped the sLD total number scales in their favor, I don't think the ICANN root yet has a larger amount of unique content.

    For more on complementary roots, considerable information can be found here. -g

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