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In 1452, Johannes Gutenberg designed the first printing press specifically for the purpose of a distributed medium. For the first time it was possible to widely distribute the exact copy of the printing template: The Holy Bible, also called the Gutenberg Bible. In April 2011, for the very first time, it was possible to widely distribute the exact copy of a blockchain-based database with unique key/value pairs, while the blockchain with its miners are the printing press:

In the beginning Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin. And Satoshi said, Let there be a Blockchain DNS: and there was Namecoin.

Like this or something similar the crypto community's Bible could begin. The Good News: All members of the Namecoin community are part of the first early crypto community, founded by the forefathers of the crypto universe. The first public discussions about a blockchain-based DNS began on November 15, 2010 on Bitcointalk, the forum originally founded by Satoshi Nakamoto along with Bitcoin's website.

Hal Finney contibuting on Bitcointalk to BitDNS

Satoshi Nakamoto contibuting on Bitcointalk to BitDNS

Satoshi Nakamoto and Hal Finney

On November 14 of 2010, user Appamatto presented his idea of a blockchain-based DNS in the #bitcoin-dev IRC channel​:

I had an idea for a bitcoin-like DNS system. Basically, each generating block allows you to define a new name, and transactions are remappings of the names to ip addresses

On December 4, 2010, Hal Finney, widely considered to be the co-founder of Bitcoin, joined the discussion on BitcoinTalk with basic thoughts on the implementation of BitDNS. On December 09, 2010, Satoshi Nakamoto entered the discussion and proposed to share the CPU power for mining the BitDNS blockchain along with Bitcoin, introduced as merged mining for Namecoin in October 2011.

For more details on the underlying technology, please refer to Bitcoin technology.