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    Re:‘What if there are more of these?’
    by Anonymous on Friday January 27 2006, @05:02PM (#16575)
    From Michael Dillon - Still gaming the system for the Postel Workers Labor Union. It never ends. Thank .GOD there is a parallel universe for people to protect their friends and family.

    By Michael Dillon | Oct 04, 2005, 09:39 am PST | Link

    There is really a lot of confusion about this whole issue.

    Technically, the DNS protocol has limts on the number of root nameservers that can be given in a single response to a query. Even under the tightest constraints, this number (13 nameservers) is sufficient to provide resiliency to an installation, i.e. company office. However, a single set of 13 nameservers is not sufficient to support all the current users of the Internet or the future larger number of users.

    As a result, the root nameserver operators are deploying copies of their root nameservers so that the same 13 nameservers are not answering responses. As Paul said, he operates a root nameserver that has 30 copies answering responses.

    You will note that Paul wishes that there could be a lot more copies of his nameserver, and presumably even more root nameserver copies worldwide. However, there has been some qeustion on the NANOG mailing list as to whether the technique currently used by root nameserver operators is sufficiently robust.

    Now, we come to ORSN. What they are doing is establishing an entirely separate set of *COPIES* of the root nameservers. Because this is a different and distinct set, the dependencies within the set of servers are different, and this technical fact makes the combined system of existing root nameserver plus ORSN nameservers, more robust than just the existing ones. Of course, in real world terms, there is only increased robustness if ORSN deploys root nameservers at least as widely as the existing operators and ORSN maintains similar or higher standards of operational excellence.

    This remains to be seen, however Paul is to be applauded for maintaining the principles of a unified Internet and at the same time, supporting ORSN in increasing the absolute number of servers providing access to the DNS. The root of the DNS is the gateway to nameservice and is therefore the gateway to any services, such as email and the web, which depend on nameservice. We must protect and preserve this as a universal public resource that is forever free of gate tolls.

    In my opinion, any non-IANA ( and therefore non-consultative) attempt to add new TLDs is a form of gate toll.
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    Re:‘What if there are more of these?’ by Anonymous
    Re:‘What if there are more of these?’
    by Anonymous on Friday January 27 2006, @05:04PM (#16576)
    "You will note that Paul wishes that there could be a lot more copies of his nameserver"

    Of course he does, he makes a lot of money from selling and supporting root servers. He just does not want anyone else to compete in his gold mine.
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