[Dev] dynamic DNS
Kaitlin Duck Sherwood
ducky at osafoundation.org
Fri Jun 27 11:41:47 PDT 2003
Luther had an interesting idea, which I will here paraphrase. Any
stupidities are mine; any strokes of genius are his.
Because so many people use dynamic IP addresses, it's hard for them to run
servers. One reason why we're using Jabber is to be able to find people
who have dynamic addresses.
There are now some free "dynamic DNS" services which help you get around
this problem. Near as I can tell, you install a small piece of code on
your computer that, every time you get assigned an IP address, registers
your new IP address with your dynamic DNS service. (Note: I don't know how
your new address<->hostname binding gets propagated to other DNS tables.)
(Note that this doesn't help the problem of finding people who move from
computer to computer.)
OSAF is currently using Jabber to find other people's repositories, but we
could in theory use this dynamic DNS stuff. It might be lighterweight.
This is probably not cause for immediately reversing course, but it might
be useful to file this away in a back nook of your mind.
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