Unlike with .com domains .eu actually lets you know when a domain is due for release ie. when it will be available for registration again.
% % WHOIS xxxxxxxxxx
Registered: Sat Apr 22 2006
Available: Sat Jun 9 2007
I’ve removed the actual domain name from the whois output as it belonged to a client, however you can easily see the difference in output.
With a live domain the output is like this:
% % WHOIS isquattedyour (I’ve removed the extra bits with DNS details etc)
Registered: Mon Apr 24 2006