ODS was founded in 1998 by a group of Volunteers (Jason DiCioccio,
Mike Dye, Randy Gardner, Collin Rose, and Aaron Sethman).
The drive behind the project was curiosity, and the goal later became to
fill a void left by the shutdown of The Monolith Project (ml.org).
The original code base was called 'dnsd', which in conjunction with BIND, was the basis
of ODS' original offering, free dynamic DNS. The code was later rewritten, alone,
by Aaron Sethman after Randy and Collin's departures from the project. The resulting code was called 'dynd'
and is still in use at dnsQ.org. On that codebase,
ODS got up to a peak of about 85,000 total users.
The current incarnation of ODS is written by Jason DiCioccio and ODS newcomer Fred
Klopfenstein. The code features the ability for users to individually control their
own domain names, with all of the benefits such as the Dynamic DNS clients that ODS
provides. It also features subscription tracking and a high degree of flexibility
due to the high number of supported DNS record types and the ability to do things such
as set your own Time To Live (TTL) on each record. The code is written in
djbdns for a DNS back-end and
PostgreSQL as a database back-end.
Up to the second statistics for ODS can be found on
Scott's ODS stats page.
Support for ODS customers is handled both by Jason DiCioccio and newcomer Elvedin Trnjanin. A small, and somewhat out of date support page for ODS has also
been created by Scott Taggart and can be found here.
More information on specific services that ODS provides can be found on our
Last Updated: 2004-06-27