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Newsletter February 2015: IRC, PVLAN, and other delightfully nerdy acronyms


  1. /join #gandi on IRC
  2. Private networks on our Cloud Infrastructure
  3. February new gTLD release calendar
  4. Promo roundup

It's the dead of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of you are suffering through cold and snows, looking for something to brighten your days. Actually, to be honest, we wouldn't know anything about that, since we're penning these lines in the heart of 73-degree San Francisco, where the constant jackhammering outside our office has driven us to the brink of giving it all up for a cabin in the woods.

Fortunately for you, we're afraid of bears, and so we shall press on to tell you about the latest happenings at Gandi, including the grand opening of our IRC channel, our new private VLAN tools, and no less than 19 promotions on domain names.

We've also lowered prices on .IO domains, rolled out privacy protection on .XYZ, released dozens of new TLDs, and are simply jackhammeringly feverish with excitement about next month!

1. /join #gandi on IRC

Our IRC channel, which has existed for years but has been private until now, is now open to the public.

Most of the activity in this channel is some combination of helpful advice and witty banter, and only a little bit of it is about our ties to the Lizard People. You can find us in #gandi on Freenode. Read more

2. Private networks on our Cloud Infrastructure

Our Private VLAN system has just received a major upgrade. Specifically, we simplified usability by adding the option to automatically configure your servers, either via the admin panel in your Gandi account or with the blossoming Gandi CLI. For details, check out our post on the upgrade here (tutorials included!).

3. February new gTLD release calendar

Here's our calendar of expected domain releases this month. As usual, things can change, but right now this is how it looks from here:

Wednesday, February 4:

  • .fashion (Sunrise)
  • .garden (Sunrise)

Thursday, February 5:

  • .poker (Sunrise)

Sunday, February 8:

  • .energy (3-day Landrush)
  • .delivery (3-day Landrush)

Tuesday, February 10:

  • .casa (GoLive)
  • .lgbt (GoLive)
  • .work (GoLive)

Wednesday, February 11:

  • .energy (GoLive)
  • .delivery (GoLive)

Tuesday, February 17:

  • .cricket (GoLive)
  • .party (GoLive)

Tuesday, February 24:

  • .sale (Sunrise)
  • .video (Sunrise)
  • .science (GoLive)

4. Promo roundup

And now, as a Valentine to you, beloved customer, here is a bouquet of 15 attractive price reductions on new gTLDs:

The Indian registry Radix is showering us with a bunch of little price reductions (it's the little gifts that make a registrar feel special).

That's all for February. We'll see you again next month for another edition of this collaboratively-composed Mad Libs-style monstrosity of a composition we call a newsletter in another 28 days, unless, of course, we get stuck in a Groundhog-Day-esque time loop and have to re-live this one over and over and over...

In the meantime, send us your quips, quids, and best bourbon cocktail recipes:

We love you. Yes, you.


The Gandi team


Roses are red,
violets are blue,
February is fine,
but in March things are going to get so crazy that we can't even.

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