AW: Debian/Ubuntu: Why was the service renamed from bind9 to named?

Michael De Roover isc at
Mon Jul 20 18:23:24 UTC 2020

If that is true, I hereby lost all faith in humanity.. well whatever 
faith I had left. This has been going on for like half a decade now.

A few weeks ago I saw here on the list someone suggesting that BIND is a 
reference to bondage in BDSM, so perhaps it has to do with that... Lest 
we forget that BIND is an abbreviation for Berkeley Internet Name 
Domain. Software made at Berkeley, to serve domain names on the 
internet. The name is pretty descriptive about its intended purpose I 
would say. Perfectly fine! Just because an abbreviation coincidentally 
becomes the same as a word in another context doesn't mean that it 
suddenly /became/ that word. Western languages simply don't have enough 
characters and words to make everything unique and special. And the best 
part is.. banning certain words from general usage (for rather odd 
reasons) only exacerbates that problem.

But with that said, if BSD thinks that BIND stands for bondage, I 
suggest that BSD drops the D because it's clearly a reference to 
criminally masculine dicks. Everything else is bullshit.

(My apologies if bad words are disallowed here, but I had to get this 
off my chest)

Back to the thread's original topic, I happened to be configuring BIND 
on Alpine yesterday. I was pleased to see that the package in Alpine is 
simply called "bind". The service file in /etc/init.d is called "named". 
While those decisions are entirely up to the distribution vendors, I 
also think that version numbers don't really belong in the name of a 
piece of software. However even upstream the repository is called 
"bind9"... The branch name has already changed, so perhaps the same 
could be done for the repository name?

On 7/17/20 8:35 PM, John W. Blue wrote:
> Speaking about things to be annoyed over ..
> I am still ticked that FreeBSD dropped BIND from the distribution for something called unwinding or whatever it is.
> John
Met vriendelijke groet / Best regards,
Michael De Roover
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