> On Tuesday 02 February 2010 13:17:59 Keith Marshall wrote:
> > On Sunday 31 January 2010 23:40:58 Chris Sutcliffe wrote:
> > > As it's been pointed out on the mingw-users mailing list, the
> > > mingw.org domain name registration has expired. Who currently
> > > had the ownership of the mingw.org domain?
> > According to `whois', it's still owned by Mumit Khan.
> > I don't know who attended to the last re-registration, in
> > Jan-2007; I assumed that Earnie had dealt with it. I asked him
> > on Saturday, but he doesn't seem to be responding at the moment.
> > If we wish to maintain the domain [*], here are the issues, as I
> > see them:
> > 1) The domain should be owned by the MinGW Project, not by any
> > individual, and every administrator of the project should know
> > the login details for the registration account. How do we set
> > about acquiring this ownership from Mumit Khan?
FYI: I've now received this private response from Mumit:
> I had tried to turn over the ownership to Earnie Boyd, who
> approached me in Feb of 2009. However, due to the ridiculous
> policy of transfers at Register.COM, I simply zero'd out my credit
> card info, changed the password and gave him access to the
> account. I paid for the domain through 2009, but I simply don't
> have access to funds any longer (I live and work in Bangladesh).
> When the renewal notice came, I sent Earnie a reminder, but have
> not heard from him again. As a stopgap measure, if the current
> mingw team wants to pay for the renewal till subsequent whatever
> action it wants to take, I'm going to help in any way I can.
I do recall Earnie having mentioned it; (this in a private communique
to myself and Luke Dunstan, dated 19-Feb-2009):
> I also now have control of the domain from Mumit Khan. This was to
> allow us to modify the DNS. I'll eventually have the information
> changed and will set a password that we can all use. That
> information will come at a later time.
Unfortunately, I can neither recall nor locate any follow up, to
provide the information promised "at a later time", and Earnie does
not seem to be available to comment, at the moment, (nor have I had
any contact with Luke for a long time).
> > 2) Since registration is not free, we either need a sponsor, or
> > we need to make some other arrangement for funding the
> > registration; it certainly would not be fair to ask any
> > individual to fund this on behalf of the entire MinGW user
> > community.
Assuming we can regain access to the registration account -- I don't
even have the login account name -- does anyone have any suggestions
for a potential sponsor? Mumit, can you provide me with the same
information you passed to Earnie, and if necessary, field
a "forgotten password" enquiry [*] on my behalf?
[*] FWIW, if I visit register.com, select "log in", and then attempt
my own "forgotten user name or password" enquiry, they claim not to
have any user name registered for the mingw.org domain, yet they are
listed by `whois' as the sponsoring registrar; I don't understand
what is going on here.