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posted by martyb on Friday November 15 2019, @04:38AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-to-do-now? dept.

Public Interest Registry, the non-profit organization managing the .ORG Top Level Domain (TLD) has been sold to investment firm Ethos Capital.

PIR was established by the Internet Society in 2002 to manage and operate the .ORG domain. Since then, .ORG has risen to become the largest purpose-driven domain used by millions of organizations and others to achieve their online goals.

[...]“This is an important and exciting development for both the Internet Society and Public Interest Registry,” said Andrew Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society, the organization that established Public Interest Registry. “This transaction will provide the Internet Society with an endowment of sustainable funding and the resources to advance our mission on a broader scale as we continue our work to make the Internet more open, accessible and secure – for everyone.

Obviously this comes as a complete and utter surprise to everybody, a couple of months after ICANN eliminated the .org price cap despite overwhelming opposition.

All of PIR’s domain operations and educational initiatives will continue, and there will be no disruption of service or support to the .ORG Community or other generic top-level domains operated by the organization.

It looks like all parties involved wisely decided not to comment on any expected price increases though.

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  • (Score: 1) by webnut77 on Friday November 15 2019, @06:13PM (2 children)

    by webnut77 (5994) on Friday November 15 2019, @06:13PM (#920739)

    So the TLD is at the beginning? You must program in Java.

    Use the tilde in the URL? You'd have to escape that when you use that URL with lynx on the command line.

  • (Score: 2) by exaeta on Friday November 15 2019, @06:46PM

    by exaeta (6957) on Friday November 15 2019, @06:46PM (#920754) Homepage Journal

    Yes, the tilde is illegal in DNS domain names, so I thought it'd be good for backwards compatibility.

    Any other good symbols to use that are illegal in DNS names?

    Help Wanted: A DNS Alternative []
  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Marand on Friday November 15 2019, @09:01PM

    by Marand (1081) on Friday November 15 2019, @09:01PM (#920797) Journal

    So the TLD is at the beginning? You must program in Java.

    It just makes sense, though. If the TLD comes first your domains start vague and increase in refinement as you read, which matches how the rest of the URL works. /foo/bar/baz.html starts at the root, then traverses the filesystem in the same way.

    Our current system is backward in that regard, because you end up with URLs that start fine-grained followed by the more vague portions (subdomain.domain.TLD), then switch to coarse-to-fine resolution on the filesystem portion. It's a lot like how, when writing dates, the US puts the day of the month in the middle (12-24-2019) instead of picking either 24-12-2019 or 2019-12-24 and having a consistent coarse-to-fine or fine-to-coarse format.