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GNS Migration and Zone Management

Registrar tools for adoption of GNU Name System

The GNU Name System is in the final stages of standardization. Consequently, calls for migration and large-scale testing as well as interest in running GNS registrars are increasing. In order to address this development this project aims to facilitate the management of GNS zones by administrators and to provide users with means to resolve real-world names.

To ease adoption, a framework for GNS registrars will be developed for zone management. The registrar framework will allow GNS zone administrators to provide a web-interface for subdomain registration by other users.The services may also be provided for a fee similar to how DNS domain registrars operate to cover running costs. The framework is envisioned to support integration of privacy-friendly payments with GNU Taler (

To demonstrate the capabilities of GNS with respect to DNS migration, we plan to run multiple GNS zones ourselves which contain the zone information from real-world DNS top-level domains.A selection of existing top-level domains for which open data exists will be hosted and served through GNS in order to facilitate the daily use of the name system. We are are planning to integrate at least three DNS zones and publish them (regularly) in GNS for users to resolve.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.