Let's Focus on Moving Forward Re: V6 still not supported re: 202203261833.AYC

Joe Maimon jmaimon at jmaimon.com
Thu Mar 31 00:00:31 UTC 2022

Tom Beecher wrote:
>     If the IETF has really been unable to achieve consensus on properly
>     supporting the currently still dominant internet protocol, that is
>     seriously problematic and a huge process failure.
> That is not an accurate statement.
> The IETF has achieved consensus on this topic. It's explained here by 
> Brian Carpenter.
> https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/msg/int-area/qWaHXBKT8BOx208SbwWILDXyAUA/

As I have explained with my newly introduced consensus standards, there 
is no such consensus.

To reiterate my consensus standards, consensus is only to be considered 
as amongst stakeholders and IPv6 specific related stakes are not 
relevant to IPv4. If you consider the reverse to be true as well, I 
think my version of consensus would achieve a much wider and diverse 
consensus than the the stated IETF's consensus.

Once a consensus has been proven invalid its beyond obnoxious to cling 
to it as though it maintains its own reality field.

> He expressly states with many +1s that if something IPv4 related needs 
> to get worked on , it will be worked on,

IPv4 still needs address exhaustion solutions.

> but the consensus solution to V4 address exhaustion was IPng that 
> became IPv6, so that is considered a solved problem.

IPv6 is not a solution. Its a replacement that does not have the same 
problem. Which could be a solution to the problem, but only if the 
replacement happens on schedule. However, so long as the replacement 
hasnt happened, we still are dealing with the problem.

The IETF made a stupendously bad bet that IPv6 would happen in time. 
That is the kind of bet that you better be right about. They were a 
decade+ wrong. That they have the audacity and temerity to continue 
doubling down on that would be funny if it wasnt so outrageous, wrong 
and harmful.

Let us re-examine the premise. When did it become acceptable to quash 
work on one protocol because of the existence of another one that is 
preferred by the quashers?

Or in other words, the way you are framing things makes it seem as if 
the IETF has with intent and malice chosen to extend or at the very 
least ignore exhaustion issues for actual internet users so as to rig 
the system for their preferred outcome.

> Some folks don't LIKE the solution, as is their right to do.

I agree. I like most of IPv6 just fine. Not SLAAC, not multicast l2 
resolution, not addressing policy, not the chaos of choice of inadequate 
interoperability approaches, not the denial of features desired by 
users, not the pmtud, not the fragmentation, and many other warts. I 
dont even like the notation schemes. They require multiple vision passes.

I do like the extra bits. Just not the way they are being frittered.

The real crux of the matter is that it did not work. Address exhaustion 
has not been alleviated. For many years now and who knows how much longer.

> But the problem of V4 address exhaustion is NOT the same thing as "I 
> don't like the solution that they chose."

The problem of V4 address exhaustion is NOT the same thing as turn on 
IPv6 and wait for the rest of the world to do the same.

When considered in that manner the IETF's bet looks even worse.

What I dont like is that they were wrong. What I dislike even more is 
that they refuse to admit it and learn from their mistakes.


> On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 12:18 PM Joe Maimon <jmaimon at jmaimon.com 
> <mailto:jmaimon at jmaimon.com>> wrote:
>     Owen DeLong via NANOG wrote:
>     >
>     > Well… It’s a consensus process. If your idea isn’t getting
>     consensus,
>     > then perhaps it’s simply that the group you are seeking
>     consensus from
>     > doesn’t like your idea.

Consensus processes are vulnerable to tyranny of a well positioned minority.


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