[ih] Naming and addressing 1971-1989
feinler at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 22 21:28:51 PDT 2010
Sorry I did not include your name in my blurb. I was reading Namedroppers and email messages, all of which mentioned or came from Mike Karels. Also, he had come to SRI a couple of times in that capacity. Anyway, I really encourage you to write up what you know about the history of BIND, and maybe the Nominum folks can take it from where you leave off. It is quite a story how naming and addressing mushroomed into what it is today and its impact on commerce and networking.
I thought the meeting with Mike Corrigan in 1985 was of particular interest because it was the meeting at which all the parties agreed to pull together and start IETF. In my opinion that agreement had significant impact on development of the Internet, and led to a standards track that is in place today. It perpetuated a really good way of getting things done that had started with the network working group (NWG) back in the late 60s. We could have splintered in several directions, but thank heaven we didn't.
As for when did we have country code TLDs?, my recollection was that ISO folks decreed that they would mandate naming only to the level of country codes; from there on the structure/assignment was the responsibility of each country. I believe it was at that time that Jon asked for .US, I think before someone more bureaucratic glombed onto it. I emphasize that this is a recollection - I can't verify it. Perhaps Joyce Reynolds or some of the ISI folks can verify when Jon obtained the country code and what his thinking was. USC-ISI was handling Assigned Numbers and the country code at that time. The NIC took this effort over a couple of years later.
>> was about the core naming issues; naming issues came up in 1986 only
>> regarding creating .NET and how to use .US and were related to issues
>> of perceived provider requirements)
>> Also a quick question folks have been asking me -- when did we have country
>> code TLDs and when did we decide to use the ISO list? I think we had ccTLDs
>> by late 1985 as .UK was active and Jon P. had assigned .US to himself (at
>> least, that's what I remember). But I think choosing a list of ccTLDs blessed
>> by ISO was done a bit later. Yes?
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