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Username: FineE
Date/Time: Fri, September 14, 2001 at 6:21 PM GMT
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Subject: Yes you can outside of ICANN


      There is no technical reason why there you cannot have "your oun extension". But basically it will only be visible to a small about 5% but growing number of Internet users that have chosen to use a different root (aside from ICANN). The largest of the "alternate roots" is the Pacific Root / New Root and You will find instructions there on how to change the DNS so that you can see all the domains. They resolve thousands of TLDs. Most of the other "alternate roots" resolve a small subset of what the Pacific Root resolves. The ICANN TLDs are an even smaller subset.

So where can I register www.linux.my_extension. The company is Nameslinger They allow you to create an extension "on the fly" provided that some other registry in the Pacific root does not offer that extension already.

So the choice is go with ICANN (with limited TLD selection) and be seen by all or go with Pacific Root (with virtually unlimited TLD selection and be seen by a small percentage of Internet users)

By the way this entire subject is highly controversial.


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