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Re: [opensuse] oS 12.3 - why the long delay....
Anton Aylward wrote:
BTW, in IPv6, DHCP is generally used for stuff other than getting an
address. It can be used for pointing to DNS and other servers.

Isn't that the case for IPV4 as well?

It seems so on my systems.

On IPv4, the main function of DHCP is to get a host address, though it
also provides other stuff. On IPv6, there's generally no need for the
host address function, as there are two other methods of automatically
assigning the address. The first one is based on the MAC address, but
some people consider that a privacy issue, so now random 64 bit numbers
are also used. Also, on IPv6, DHCP is not used to provide a router
address. That's done by router advertisements where the router
announces itself and provides the network prefix. which is combined with
the MAC address or random number to create the host address.
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