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Can someone explain to me what the exact difference is between named and BIND?

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Nothing :)

named is just an alias of BIND.

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Yup. "nameD" fits the standard daemon naming conventions for Unix, wherein services are named "service"+"d" (httpd, smbd, dhcpd, ftpd, sshd, etcd). I supposed bindd was either conflicting with some other bin+d daemon, or not considered "user-friendly" enough...Oh jesus, just hurt myself a little saying that. – Satanicpuppy Apr 15 '10 at 1:57

Though they are often used synonymously, BIND is the whole package. named is one of the parts of that package (but only one part.)

In addition to the nameserver daemon (named), ISC BIND contains a number of utilities (e.g. dig, host, named-checkconf, named-compilezone, dnssec-signzone, etc..) and libraries (e.g. libbind)

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BIND stands for Berkeley Internet Name Domain, is the most commonly used Domain Name System (DNS) server on the Internet.

Named is the daemon used by BIND.

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