This is a new whois (RFC 3912) client rewritten from scratch. It is
inspired from and compatible with the usual BSD and RIPE whois
programs. It is intelligent and can automatically select the
appropriate whois server for most queries.
whois searches for an object in a RFC 3912 database.
This version of the whois client tries to guess the right server to ask
for the specified object. If no guess can be made it will connect to
whois.networksolutions.com for NIC handles or whois.arin.net for IPv4
addresses and network names.
You can always use the web to find a whois service, but I prefer immediate
Besides, getting gooble, or any other reporting agency, who is (hehe) needlessly involved seems like a bad idea.