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Tuesday May 6th, 2003

Brad Neuberg writes in with news of a new open source project called Paper Airplane, which relies heavily on Mozilla technologies. Paper Airplane is a browser-cum-peer-network that enables users to easily create collaborative online communities, even if they're running behind firewalls or NATs. Brad is looking for volunteers to participate in the project, which uses JXTA and Java as well as the Mozilla application framework.


#5 Re: "New" domain endings

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Tuesday May 6th, 2003 11:43 AM

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"'Second, the peer network creates an alternative domain name system to the existing one, allowing users to freely use hundreds of new domain endings, such as .politics, .environment, .love, .name, .crush, .marryme, .laborpolicy, .gay, and more.'

"Actually, there *is* a .name domain in the existing domain name system... if these guys are defining an 'alternative' one into their browser, it could break the ability to surf real .name sites (like mine: <http://dan.tobias.name/> ) The same would happen if any of their others get eventually adopted by ICANN as real TLDs."

I agree with you in general. I don't know the details so it's obviously not possible to state what would happen with a dispute but in general I don't think it's a good trend. Organisations like New.net <http://www.new.net/> are already 'polluting' the namespace with non-standard gTLDs.

I once came across a site of another organisation - I can't remember its name - that are trying to build an alternative DNS system (I think the motive was philosophical rather than profit-driven). They supported the existing TLDs but when ICANN announced the new gTLDs in 2000, one of them clashed with one of the group's own (I think it may have been .name). They elected to not adopt the new gTLD. I fear that moves like that are just going to lead to fragmentation (or maybe not - the alt. Usenet hierarchy was originally started as an alternative by a guy who couldn't get the main backbone carriers to carry his new rec.sex and rec.drugs groups but there's no real fragmentation in the Usenet hierarchy today).

Alex