Novell Proposes Directory Domain

Looking to raise the profile of directories and promote network directory interoperability, Novell Inc. has applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to register .dir as a new top-level domain, comparable to.com, .org, or.net. Novell's proposal includes requirements to register a .dir name, including one that the site's directory must be LDAP 2000-certified. Novell's move has received a mixed review from analyst Jamie Lewis, CEO of the Burton Group Corp., who applauded efforts to boost visibility of directories, but said that a new top-level domain is not needed.

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