As Raph said a while ago, Google's response time is fairly competitive with that of DNS.
Partially reputation-based ranking seems in fact to be *more* democratic than ICANN.
On the other hand, a single source for essential services is undesirable.
see figure 1
jdub demonstrates that sarcastic elitism is always entertaining.
Linux font support is getting better. I probably have at least fifty fonts installed on my home machine now without really trying. Choosing fonts by picking a name from a list is really not a scalable solution.
I'd like to see GNOME acquire a "more like this" manipulation dialog as a standard widget, and use it for choosing fonts. I don't know if there's a proper name for them -- you see them sometimes in graphics programs where they demonstrate the effect of changing several possible variables, such brightness, saturation & contrast.
So the first page will be about broad styles of font: serif, cursive, sans-serif; or perhaps display or text. You can drill down towards e.g. different variations on roman serif fonts, or cursive fonts, or cartoony fonts.
I really need a mocked-up dialog to show what I mean. And I must remember not to smoke drugs while writing about GUIs.