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Re: Stability of the Internet?
From: Subhendu Ghosh <sghosh () cs stevens-tech edu>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 12:33:01 -0400

Most notions of "stability" are derived from a sense of steady state
reachability or connectedness.  The non-ICANN gTLDs create perturbations
in portions of the net by changing the local semantics how to reach
certain destinations.  While these perturbations do not spread (due to
policy), difference in the semantics of the perturbed network and the rest
of the net cause a lack of reachability, creating disconnected networks,
which destroy the "stability" of the net.


On Fri, 18 May 2001, Tim Langdell, PhD wrote:


Yes, I was asking specifically about "stability" (with a request that
someone perhaps try to explain what that might mean other than a term to
scare people with) rather than "compatibility".  BTW, I don't think ".house"
is a New.net TLD ;-)


----- Original Message -----
From: "ken harris." <ken () boii com>
To: "Tim Langdell, PhD" <langdell () technologist com>
Cc: <nanog () merit edu>
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Stability of the Internet?

There has been much talk of the introduction of new TLDs -- either new
ICANN/DoC ones or those of the likes of New.Net -- affecting the
of the Internet. And yet so far on all the lists, not just this one, I
not seen a single example of how the "stability" would or could be
by such introductions. Can anyone give me even one example?

it's not the stability. it's more the compatibility.

there's a large difference between the icann and new.net tld's
which are being introduced. to be blunt, everyone (okay, not
everyone) uses the same root servers to identitfy what zones
to serve. i'd be suprised to see if anyone had any issues with
the introduction (besides the heinous registration lottery) of the
icann accredited tlds, it's more of an issue with new.net when your
customer can't email his girlfriend at lolita () whore house because
you're not serving dot house.

but please, if this thread continues, maybe let's stay on topic
of the operational sense (if there are stability issues) and not
relive the new.net threads of the past (compatibility).


-ken harris.

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