It's Ars Tech's turn to bang the IPv4 exhaustion drum

Deepak Jain deepak at
Mon Aug 18 13:19:01 CDT 2008

james wrote:
>> Well, on reading it, it's more an "IPv6: It's great -- ask
>> for it by name!" piece. 
> IPv6 gives me brain ache. I hear I'm not alone in that. I'd
> v6 tomorrow if I didn't have to  think about it so hard.

You just need 96 more bits in your head everywhere you store IPv4 
techniques. Yes, lots of us have a brain ache with it, but I'm sure IPv4 
gave us brain ache when it was new to us too.

I'm sure there are already folks in environs that are mostly IPv6 that 
can spit off binary to hex to decimal IPv6 addresses. The US tends not 
to be one of those environs.

It'll come.

operational content: Is anyone significantly redesigning the way they 
route/etc to take advantage of any hooks that IPv6 provides-for (even if 
its a proprietary implementation)? As far as I can tell, most people are 
just implementing it as IPv4 with a lot of bits (i.e. /126s for link 
interfaces, etc).

I know we aren't use auto-config on critical server architecture and 
instead nailing in addressing like we would in IPv4. (an address hopping 
firewall is not necessarily a good thing ;) ).


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