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Re: [opensuse] Moving to IPv6
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 08:24:03 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C8A2363.2090805@xxxxxxxxxx>
Per Jessen wrote:
Now that more than sufficient addresses are available, there's
> absolutely no justification for continuing to use NAT.
You're ignoring the real world. Time, money, unnecessary change etc. I
have a "very broken", yet perfectly working NAT setup joining my local
RFC1918 office network to my external IPv4 /27 and IPv6 /48 - there is
no justification for changing that. You know, if it ain't broke ...

I'm not ignoring the real world. I know about the many existing networks etc. However, that's no excuse to not move to IPv6 and gradually get rid of the IPv4 stuff. On simple networks, as used in homes and many business, it's a trivial matter to get going with IPv6, even if only via a tunnel broker, and start moving to an entirely IPv6 word. Consumer level IPv6 firewalls are available now and also include support for 6in4 tunnels. You get one of those and you've got IPv6, just as easily as you've currently got IPv4.
My own firewall on my home network is a Linux box that I've been using for years. All I had to do to enable IPv6 to the internet was install the tunnel client. Even before that, I had IPv6 over my local network, without having to do anything. It simply worked out of the box, with both Linux and XP. Even my smart phone gets an IPv6 address, when connected to my network.

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