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Some say Vista Will Double DNS Lookups and Slow Down Entire Internet

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Msg#: 3073524 posted 1:49 pm on Sep 6, 2006 (gmt 0)


Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista could slow down or stall traffic on the Net, said Paul Mockapetris, who is widely credited with inventing the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS). Mockapetris believes Vista's introduction will cause a surge in DNS traffic because the operating system supports two versions of the Internet Protocol, a technology standard used to send information over computer networks.

"If you adopt Vista, your DNS traffic is going to double," Mockapetris said in an interview. With many DNS servers already running close to capacity, this can have serious consequences, he said. "You're going to see brownouts. All of a sudden, it is going to be mud season on the Internet, where things will just be kind of slow and gooey."



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Msg#: 3073524 posted 3:09 pm on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

[clarification] Elimination of net neutrality is probably a bigger threat to Internet traffic than Vista. [/clarification]


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Msg#: 3073524 posted 10:17 pm on Sep 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is this Y2K, Part Dieu?


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Msg#: 3073524 posted 8:11 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)


All the folks I know had their systems up to handling the date rollover well before 1999. In fact we completed the last of our fully integrated system tests in June of 1998. We started working on Y2K type issues well before the press had an inkling. Did the press hype it, yes but then they had no clue, was it a real issue, yes but not of the type it was made out to be. Does the same type of issue still exist, yes.

The so called Y2K problem actually had very little to do with the actual date occuring, it was one of how the date was stored and handled. I have, the t-shirt, hat, and a Millennium Project Team electronic alarm clock and calendar to prove it.


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Msg#: 3073524 posted 12:35 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Whoever wrote that article is an absolute idiot - in fact a prime pillock!

And the fact this is even newsworthy is a scandal as well - tell you what Brett, I run a company that hosts 100k customers on Windows servers (I use Rackspace as well) and I can tell you that Microsoft Windows hosting technology is now far more advanced than mickey mouse Linux stuff. (And my background is Linux too)

Not to defend someone other's arguments, which may be a bit weak in this actual story, but the above quote can't be passed by without comment.

Your Windows hosting service and especially that "advanced"(sic) "Microsoft Windows hosting technology" (yikes! what is that?) would not even exist without the pioneering work of guys like Paul Mockapetris and others, who did their basic work back in the seventies and eighties, when there was no Windoze at all (yes, there was life before Windows) and no Linux, and that thing you meanwhile know as 'Internet' was called ARPAnet then...
And while P.M. might be wrong in this case, we should not forget his merits when running our today's network related business on those old fundamentals.

Thanks Brett for letting us know about this story -- it represents Mockapetris' statement as well as Microsoft's reply without negative bias on either side. Not an idiot's article at all.

Kind regards,

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