EURid debuts YADIFA name server
An open source DNS name server that supports DNSSEC and is designed to be authoritative has been released by EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names. YADIFA is intended to be a lightweight alternative to more established projects; the developers say it was "built from scratch to face today’s DNS challenges, with no compromise on security, speed and stability".
The project is aimed mostly at internet service providers and top-level domain operators. It has been structured to handle large internet zones that require dynamic and timely updates. The software has also been created with a focus on security.
According to the project's web side, the server uses less memory than any other name server, its queries per second rate is supposed to be "one of the highest in the industry", and it loads zone files in a very fast way. YADIFA also sports a simple configuration syntax and integrates DNSSEC management. The EURid team points out that it has many more features planned as part of a well thought-out roadmap of releases. Version 1.1.0 of YADIFA is expected to arrive in the third quarter of this year.
YADIFA 1.0.0 is available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Solaris, with other Unix and Windows versions planned for a later release. Binaries for several Linux distributions (CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu), Mac OS X and FreeBSD are available for download from the project's web site, along with the project's source code. The software is licensed under the FreeBSD licence.