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namebench finds the best DNS servers to use for your machine, benchmarks them, and outputs pretty graphs to tell you why they are optimal. It supports multiple data sources such as Alexa, your browser history, or tcpdump replays in order to generate the most relevant and individualized recommendation.

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Recent releases

  •  06 Jun 2010 16:47

    Release Notes: Improved censorship checks, updated Google Public DNS node id detection, additional DNS servers, and detection for clocks going backwards on Windows.

    •  05 Jun 2010 05:48

      Release Notes: The ability to publish and share your results was added. The user interfaces and HTML output have been improved. New datasets, a new template for resolv.conf generation, and new support for direct importation of pcap files were added. OARC port diversity checks were added. Third party libraries and server listing were updated.

      •  28 Feb 2010 22:07

        Release Notes: Improved performance by optimizing data imports, nameserver discovery, and making the benchmark multi-threaded. 712 new regional nameservers have been added. Fallback handling has been added for when the software overloads low-spec home routers. Import support from Flock, Galeon, Midori, OmniWeb, Sunrise, Camino, and iCab. Many bugfixes and other minor improvements.

        •  05 Jan 2010 06:50

          Release Notes: IPv6 support was added, health checking was made faster and more comprehensive, the name server database was updated, and HTML output was improved. The Mac OS X version is now a universal binary. Many bugs were fixed.

          •  11 Dec 2009 23:45

            Release Notes: UI improvements for Windows and Unix. Better handling of browser history discovery and Unicode quirks under Windows.


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