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Re: [opensuse] Moving to IPv6
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 21:51:44 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C883DB0.7010602@xxxxxxxxxx>
Per Jessen wrote:
This is the crux of the matter - ISPs need to dish out IP-addresses. If
they can't get them or can't get enough, they'll try (to find) other
ways - NAT for instance. Only once they've exhausted both options,
will IPv6 become a real option. For a small ISP, incompetent or not,
that could still be quite a while.
And yet, IPv6 is so easy. It's a lot easier to configure than IPv4. ISPs may have to update some equipment, but in the mean time, alternatives such as tunnel brokers and 6in4 tunnelling exist to get things going. It's even easier for servers. If IPv6 is not available at the server location, just connect to a tunnel broker and get an IPv6 address for that computer.

BTW, one thing IPv6 supports is something called "depreciated addresses". As an example of how this might be used is when someone initially uses a tunnel broker to get an IPv6 address. Then, when IPv6 is finally available from their ISP (hopefully before the sun goes supernova <g>), they simply change their DNS and leave both addresses up for a while and then, at some point later, disconnect from the tunnel broker.

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