How To Use Alternative Roots
(and why you should)


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How To Use New Domain Names
You might have got to this page because you clicked on a link and it said "No DNS"; that's because there are some new ("alternative") domain names and your ISP doesn't support them. That's ok, you can still use them because you and only you control what DNS names work, not anybody else. If you follow the directions here and be able to "see" them and all the old names will still keep working just fine.

If you are a dial up user, then, instead of using the DNS server your ISP told you to use, use one of ours instead, and all the new names will work for you.

The domain name system (DNS) is a hierarchical "tree". At the "base" or "root" of this tree are the 13 servers that know where to find every other nameserver on the Internet. Like the legacy root servers, ours are spread out over every continent (except Antarctica), but unlike the legacy servers we adhere to the precious "open" concepts that built the Internet. In fact, one of the founders of ORSC invented the firewall, the web search engine and registered the first .COM name, while another invented the mailing list and MIME - which the web is based on.

It is not difficult to find references to various people and organizations that have described what we are doing as "nuts" or "dangerous". Our response to that is "follow the money". It's interesting to not that the "instability" claimed by our detractors regarded a "fragmented internet" has only happened recently with ICANN's introduction of another .BIZ which conflicts with the one deployed in 1996 and that while the ICANN board was "reluctant" to give .WEB to anybody besides IODesign (who have operated it also since 1996) they told Affilias to go ahead and deploy it showing lack of knowledge that a) .BIZ had been around for years and b) they had ignored or overlooked the fact the original .BIZ had responded to the "query for expression of interest" ICANN had asked for responses to.

If alternative roots work for for an elected ICANN board member, they'll work for you, too.

There's a list of frequently asked questions if you want to read them, that go into this in a bit more detail.

So, give it a try, and then you'll be able to see pages like and http://free.tibet that are not accessible by using the legacy root-servers. If you have any questions please feel free to email or come talk to us on one of our mailing lists here or here.

You can find more information about ORSC at and the people behind it here.


Windows 3.1, Windows 95/98/ME/2K/NT

Details can be found here for various versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system


djbdns and all versions of Bind

Various techniques are available to the administrator of a UNIX system. They're explained here.


All Versions

How to get new domains to resolve on a Mac


We know you Amiga poeple are out there

Instructions for other computing platforms are found here.


Instructions for OS/2

We haven't forgotten you folks!


A Complete Listing of all Our Nameservers

Here is a list of all our nameservers

Whatever you have, we'd like to invite you to use one of our graphics on your website(s). You can link it from here, or make a local copy. Oh, and pass it on, would you ?

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Open Root Server Confederation
A project of and for the Internet community,