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Re: a giant step for netkind, was Re: Common misconceptions
- Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 22:39:27 +0100
- From: Jeff Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: a giant step for netkind, was Re: Common misconceptions
Ed and all,
Of course Ed, you are absolutely correct. No new protocol is either
needed to expand and/or extend the current DNS root structure. Nor
of course as is already been demonstrated on many occasions is
such and extension/expansion of the existing DNS root structure
with additional root structure in parallel. In fact as has been pointed
out several times to David, it is not even necessary for ISP's to
physically point by IP address to these additional and/or parallel
There are also several ways in which this can and has been achieved
to date. One of which I pointed out to David some time ago and challenged
him to demonstrate, which he declined of course. This tendency to see
the Internet and the DNS and IP addressing systems with blinders on
is of course a somewhat narrow and puritan point of view, complete
with RFC's and all the existing bureaucratic baggage.
Ed Gerck wrote:
> "David R. Conrad" wrote:
> > Ed,
> > > "Again the DNS requires a _single_ root."
> > > So, we are now in violent agreement -- it does not have to be
> > > that way. But, it does not have to be a new protocol either,
> > If you want multiple roots, then it would need to be a new protocol --
> No. See below.
> > you would be breaking a fundamental assumption of the DNS protocol
> > itself. Of course creating a new protocol can be done, but I have yet
> > to see anything more than handwaving as to why it would be worth the
> > effort.
> No handwaving -- well, just a bit ;-) as I do need to wave my hand for a few
> mouse clicks and type some digits. I just enter a list of trusted (in the subjective
> sense  ) DNS Servers into my Windows machine, giving first priority (say) to
> NSI and second priority to SuperRoot (say). Then, when I type an URL, what
> is not found in NSI zone files will be searched in SuperRoot's. I can use a whole
> series of new roots, a whole series of new registries. All, without disrupting law and
> order in cyberspace. Of course, I can do the same for my AIX and for my Linux
> That is all -- a small handwaving for man, a giant step for netkind ;-)
> Ed Gerck
>  trust in the subjective sense is "that which I rely upon for my decisions",
> loosely speaking. See the previous references for context.
Jeffrey A. Williams
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