The Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) implements an Internet name server for Unix operating systems. The BIND consists of a server (or `daemon') called `named' and a resolver library. A name server is a network service that enables clients to name resources or objects and share this information with other objects in the network.
djbdns is a collection of Domain Name System tools. Security is one of the primary motivations for the development of djbdns. Every step of the design and implementation has been carefully evaluated from a security perspective. The djbdns package has been structured to minimize the complexity of security-critical code. dnscache is immune to cache poisoning. It is advisable to use the package as a secure alternative to BIND.
Host is a complete and powerful command-line based DNS query and testing tool. It has many of the same basic features as other similar tools such as nslookup and dig, but it has more extensive testing and test automation features. Host also has a much more standard (i.e. Unix-based) command-line user interface.
Network Query Tool (NQT) is a one-stop solution for getting information about a domain or IP address. Instead of manually using different Unix commands or visiting numerous Web sites to investigate a host, just load Network Query Tool and enter the hostname or IP. NQT does the rest. It supports a large number of TLDs and ccTLDs.
dnspython is a DNS toolkit for Python. It supports almost all of the record types. It can be used for queries, zone transfers, and dynamic updates. It supports TSIG authenticated messages and EDNS0. dnspython provides both high and low level access to DNS. The high level classes perform queries for data of a given name, type, and class, and return an answer set. The low level classes allow direct manipulation of DNS zones, messages, names, and records.