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Enterprise Networking Planet: Buck DNS Monoculture with BIND Alternatives

Oct 30, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"DNS is fundamental to network operations, but rather surprisingly, given the usual free/open source software community's habit of having multiple versions of everything, it has evolved into a DNS server monoculture dominated by ISC BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain). All other issues aside, such as security and performance, monoculture is not healthy. There's a whole world outside of BIND; a pleasant world full of DNS servers that are simple to configure, and reliable and secure to use.

"Out of several good choices, we're going to look at MaraDNS and Dnsmasq. MaraDNS is great for both caching and authoritative name serving, and claims to be highly secure. Dnsmasq is a great program for name services on the LAN: DNS caching, local name resolution, and DHCP..."

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