root name servers

Michael Dillon michael at
Sat Jul 29 16:43:27 UTC 1995

On Sat, 29 Jul 1995, John A. Russo - Geonet Communications wrote:

> This is an excellent idea Peter!
> > How about trying to move some of the root name servers to the exchange
> > points?

> > For security and stability reasons (aswell as political) they should
> > not be run by a single organisation.

What about hijacking the root name servers? Here's the scenario.....

A group of people who dislike the Internic's restrictive policies re the 
namespace get together and set up new root domain servers that offer new 
toplevel domains like .FAM, .INC, .KLINGON, .BIZ, .GOD, etc... They also 
delegate the old domains to the existing root nameservers for .COM, .EDU, 
etc. They offer the list of new root nameservers to anyone who wishes to 
access the new expanded namespace. All a sysadmin needs to do is replace 
the cache file used to prime named.

They should also offer email forwarding so that people stuck with a 
reactionary sysadmin can still email a new domain by using addresses of 
the form person%one.true.god at

Could people be plotting this even as we speak? Is it a good idea? Would 
it solve the namespace problems we currently have?

Michael Dillon                                    Voice: +1-604-546-8022
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