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Friday, 2 April 2010

Internet Domain .yu Finally Goes To The Dustbin Of History













Sources: www.vecernji.hr

www.monitor.hr


After 8 years since the last time the name of Yugoslavia was officially used, finally last Tuesday, March 30th, at exactly noon, the internet domain representing that state, .yu was put into the trashbin of history. After 14 years of being in use, gone is the last reminder of Slobodan Milosevic's attempt, (under the guise of "National Unity") at making a Greater Serbia.

"The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia" was given up in in 2003, and used a more realistic name. The "state union of Serbia and Montenegro (which used a temporary domain, .cs) for the following three years, until the final independence of Montenegro. The domains. .rs for Serbia. and .me for Montenegro have been in use since 2007. The domain .yu was already supposed to be stopped being in use on the 30th of September 2009, but the Serbian registered domain rnids.rs requested an extension of six months for an easier adjustment.

Ironically, the domain .yu back in ancient times was initially established on the Internet and registered by the Slovenes at the University of Maribor and Jozef Stefan Institute, which remained its owners during the first half of the nineties, and did not cede it to Serbia even after the application of Belgrade University. It was only in 1994, (One year after the entrance of the Croatian domain. .hr) by a decision of the International Agency Internet Assigned Numbers Authority that ownership of the domain .yu moved to Belgrade, and since then has been controlling over the YUNET, institutions within the Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

In finally closing the domain .yu, is the departure in history of the last symbol of a country that ceased to exist long before the widespread use of the Internet. Far from nothing was wrong with it, but it is very stupid and unfortunate, too often, to spit on everything from those times, which is like throwing the baby out with the bath water. However it is an indisputable fact that if there was really nothing wrong with it as when one looked at it at first glance, then the state would not have been destroyed in such an ugly way with so many innocent victims, so much Serb ultra-nationalism, war crimes and genocidal destruction..

But all this is now two decades behind us, the intenet belongs to another world, where it's "everyone on their own" (.si, .hr, .ba, .rs, .me .mk, and soon .ks or .kv)  It is only up to us to make this new world better than the old one. (yug means "south" in some slavic countries, such as in Croatia)






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