What is Namecoin
Namecoin is a decentralized generic name/value datastore system based on Bitcoin technology (a decentralized cryptocurrency). The Namecoin network is created by the open source Namecoin software ("client").
It allows you to:
- Securely register and transfer arbitrary names (censorship resistant)
- Attach values to the names (currently up to 1023 bytes)
- Transact Namecoins, the digital currency NMC
As Bitcoin frees money Namecoin frees information access, e.g.:
- domain name system (Dot-Bit, see below)
- website authentication and data encryption (Namecoin TLS)
- user login (NameID)
- personal IDs containing all kinds of addresses, encryption keys, links
- potentially stocks, bonds, tickets, file signatures, ...
There are several projects building on Namecoin and plenty of possible use cases. More on Namecoin...
What is Dot-BIT
Dot-BIT, the first project using namecoin, is building a domain name system (DNS) using the .bit TLD.
Our goal is to spread .bit domains by providing resources and tools to the community, from developers to end users.
- August 19, 2013 - New Netherlands, EU DNS server with permanent hosting by Bas van den Dikkenberg : 126.96.36.199 *Donations Welcome
- July 26, 2013 - New Registrar : https://domaincoin.net
- July 25, 2013 - New Dallas, TX, USA DNS server with permanent hosting by MrCaseyJames.com : 188.8.131.52 *Donations Welcome
- July 24, 2013 - MrCaseyJames BindCoin Forwarder launched to simplify install process of creating a DNS server - Project Page
- July 24, 2013 - New Seattle, WA, USA DNS server with permanent hosting by MrCaseyJames.com : 184.108.40.206 *Donations Welcome
- July 23, 2013 - MrCaseyJames BindCoin Installer launched to simplify install process of creating a DNS server - Project Page
- July 21, 2013 - Security focused Australian DNS server run by cloudns.com.au : 220.127.116.11 *Connection Requires DNSCrypt*
- July 16, 2013 - New Atl, GA, USA DNS server with permanent hosting by MrCaseyJames.com : 18.104.22.168 *Donations Welcome
- May 2, 2013 - New DNS server AWS permanent hosting by jaysee.net : 22.214.171.124
- April 5, 2013 - exchange.bitparking.com shutting down.
- November 3, 2012 - New DNS server by bitmaster: 126.96.36.199 / 2001:1af8:4020:a037:1::1000
- Sep 25, 2012 - Namecoin v3.50 win32 : New Windows build released
- Sep 9, 2012 - New DNS server by DnsGuy : 188.8.131.52
- Sep 5, 2012 - New DNS server by DnsGuy : 184.108.40.206
- July 28, 2012 - New DNS server by Inductive Soul : 220.127.116.11
- June 12, 2012 - New twitter account for Namecoin
- June 8, 2012 - New DNS server by Jamyn : 18.104.22.168
- May 27, 2012 - NamecoinToBind v3.0
- May 26, 2012 - Namecoin v3.50 : faster & better
- March 26, 2012 - We passed 55000 domains!
- March 18, 2012 - New DNS server by zib : 22.214.171.124
- January 26, 2012 - New DNS server by chmod755 : 126.96.36.199
- January 25, 2012 - Release 0.3.24.66 : fix dust spam
- December 27, 2011 - The dotBit project reached 10000 domain names !
- December 20, 2011 - Java based GUI for Namecoin called NamecoinJ released!
- December 07, 2011 - First search engine for dotBIT domains !
- November 19, 2011 - More than 5000 domains registered !
- November 17, 2011 - New namecoin faucet : faucet.yepcorp.com
- November 09, 2011 - 4000 valid domains names reached !
- November 08, 2011 - Google+ Namecoin page
- November 07, 2011 - Namecoin Bundle : namecoin + proxy for firefox, IE & chrome
- October 25, 2011 - 3000 valid domains names reached !
- October 19, 2011 - NamecoinToBind v2.0 : added new spec support
- October 17, 2011 - Security release, upgrade to 0.3.24.64.
- October 8, 2011 09:40:29 UTC - Merged Mining now active.
- September 26, 2011 - Official namecoin tree created on github
- September 19, 2011 - Release of the NamecoinToBind php script
- September 18, 2011 - Version 0.3.24.63 released for testing. This version includes a fix for the time warp/zeitgeist attack
- September 15, 2011 - Threatened 51% attack called off. Work continues on client upgrades. Merged mining still on for block 19200. Bug fix for time warp/zeitgeist attacks is in discussion.
- September 14, 2011 - Updated client software is currently being prepared (with blockchain lockins). Expect to upgrade your clients in the near future, possibly multiple times. Latest development version is 3.24.62. Stay tuned for more info.
- September 11, 2011 - A miner has threatened a 51% attack on the namecoin blockchain, claiming the attack will begin at block 19101.
- September 2011 - Merged Mining to start at block 19200. Please plan to upgrade your clients before then. This is a mandatory upgrade as the validation rules have changed!
- August 2011 - MasterPool.eu is first pool to announce adoption of Merged Mining. Trials on testnet running.
- Jul 15, 2011 - Merged Mining between Namecoin and Bitcoin proposed
- Jul 4, 2011 - 2000 domains reserved
- Jun 7, 2011 - 1500 domains reserved
- May 28, 2011 - Domain cost calculator available
- May 18, 2011 - 500 domains reserved
- May 4, 2011 - First version of this wiki, new release of namecoin
- April 29, 2011 - First .bit DNS server
- April 23, 2011 - First tweet @namecoin (by community member Sgornick)
- April 18, 2011 - First version of namecoin