Paul Vixie

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Paul Vixie is the author of several RFCs and well known UNIX system programs, among them SENDS, proxynet, rtty and Vixie cron.[1]. He was elected to ARIN's board of trustee in 2004; and was reelected in 2007 and 2010. Paul was elected chairman in 2009 and 2010, but did not seek chairmanship in 2011.[2] Mr.Vixie is the founder of ISC, and worked as its CEO and President before transitioning to his current position as Chairman and Chief Scientist.[3]


In 1998, while he was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation, he started working on the popular internet domain name server BIND, of which he is the primary author and architect, until release 8.

After he left DEC, in 1994, he founded the Internet Software Consortium with Rick Adams and Carl Malamud to support BIND and other software for the Internet. The activities of Internet Software Consortium were assumed by a new company, ISC in 2004.

In 1995, he co-founded the Palo Alto Internet Exchange, and after Metromedia Fiber Network bought it in 1999 he served as the MFN Chief Technology Officer, and later as the president of PAIX.

In 1998, he cofounded MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System), a California nonprofit company with the goal of stopping email abuse.

He also used to run his own consulting business, Vixie Enterprises.

Although he's working for ISC, the operator of the F root, he recently decided to join the Open Root Server Network project too.[4]

Internet Evangelism

In December, 2011, Paul Vixie signed onto an open letter to the U.S. Congress sent by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that urged the legislature not to pass SOPA bills, which he and the 82 other signees believed would seriously hinder the future of the Internet, U.S. legitimacy with regards to Internet stewardship, and many industries tied together through the Internet, among other deleterious effects.[5]


Along with Frederick Avolio, he co-wrote the famous book Sendmail: Theory and Practice. He has contributed to a chapter in the book "Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution".[6] He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen RFCs, mostly on DNS and related topics. He is also known to hold the record for "most CERT advisories due to a single author".


Paul is a member of the SSAC, ICANN RSSAC, ICANN DNSSAC, ARIN and a frequent participant in IETF and NANOG.[7]


  • High School Dropout, 1980.[8]