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Open Root Server Network to Close

Alternate DNS root server, the Open Root Server Network (ORSN) is shutting down. The project which began almost six years ago, is set to close at midnight on the last day of 2008. The following is part of the official statement released for the closure:

"Since start of operation in 2002 ORSN was a political alternative to ICANN/IANA operated root server network. It was also well known for technical innovation by providing IPv6 support before it was introduced in the ICANN/IANA operated root servers.

However during the last months/years the interest of our team shifted and we could no longer fulfil our goal of providing innovation.

Although we realize that at this point in time the discussion about the DNSSEC key possesion should increase the importance of a political alternative, we still couldn't find enough supporters that were willing to help with technical expertise and work to implement this for ORSN."

Also Read:
Why I Am Participating in the ORSN Project (Paul Vixie, CircleID - Oct 01, 2005)
A Further Look Into ORSN (Milton Mueller, CircleID - Oct 10, 2005)

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