EU: Domain name server for .eu domain released as open source
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An Internet top-level domain name server (DNS) implementation, developed for Europe's .eu Top-Level Domain (TLD) was made available on 28 June 2012 as open source by Eurid, during a meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) taking place in Prague, Czech Republic. The not-for-profit organisation which manages the .eu domain registry, developed the software, under the name Yadifa, from scratch.
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A spokesperson for Eurid explains that the organisation specifically wanted a third open source system. "Both NSD and Bind have their strengths and flaws. We added Yadifa to strengthen our infrastructure", he says. In its press release, the organisation says that Yadifa can handle more queries, loads DNS information faster and has a smaller memory footprint than BIND or NSD.
"It was simply the most practical to add our own", says Peter Janssen, Chief Technical Officer at Eurid. "This is software for a very specific niche: TLD registries must be able to respond to hundreds of thousands of requests per second."
Eurid's External Relations Manager, Giovanni Seppia, says that making the software available as open source is the obvious thing to do. "The TLD-community is small and we share many of our tools in this way", he adds.
Yadifa is published using the BSD 3-clause licence (BSD new). Janssen says: "We also considered the GPL, but we figured the BSD 3-clause licence fits our project better." This licence places no restrictions on commercial copies of the software, confirms Janssen. "But that is not our primary aim. We're really using this just for the .eu registry", he says.
The '.eu' TLD was created in 2000 following a decision by the European Council, at their Lisbon meeting. The legal framework was created by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers. The European Commission organised the procurement for the services needed for the registry.
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High Impact Services with Pan-European Scope
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