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The Night the IETF Shut Off IPv4 208

IP Freely writes "At this year's Internet Engineering Task Force meeting in Philadelphia, conference organizers shut off IPv4 for an hour. Surprisingly, chaos did not ensue. 'After everyone got his or her system up and running, many people started looking for IPv6-reachable web sites, reporting those over Jabber instant messaging — which posed its own challenges in the IPv6 department. I was surprised at the number of sites and wide range of content available over IPv6. Apart from — obviously — IPv6-related sites; they ranged from "the largest Gregorian music collection in Internet" to "hardcore torrents." Virtually none of the better known web destinations were reachable over IPv6. That changed when popped into existence.'"
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The Night the IETF Shut Off IPv4

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  • yo (Score:3, Insightful)

    by rice_burners_suck ( 243660 ) on Friday March 14, 2008 @03:54PM (#22754212)
    The trouble with ipv6 is that ipv4 works so well for 90% of the population (in the same manner that 76% of statistics are made up on the spot) that nobody who doesn't really care about this won't put in an effort to make the switch. It looks like going 100% ipv6 is quite a few years off, foo.
  • by andrewd18 ( 989408 ) on Friday March 14, 2008 @04:43PM (#22754714)
    What I really want to know is, how many of the people who had computers at that conference were users who had no clue what IPv6 even was, much less how to configure their computer to use it.

    It's one thing to say IPv6 is ready because a conference filled with engineers could download their pron with IPv4 turned off. It's entirely another thing to say that IPv6 is ready because it works without my mother even knowing the difference.
  • Re:yo (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Loke the Dog ( 1054294 ) on Friday March 14, 2008 @04:51PM (#22754772)
    Well, IPv4 is ultimately the reason why people have NATs, and from my experience, most people with a NAT do occtionally run into problems. But these people could never guess that their problems are caused by the NAT and could be solved by simply getting more IPs.

    For this reason, you rarely see people picking ISPs that offer more IPs and that means IPv6 comes along slowly. From the ISPs point of veiw, supply of IPs is greater than demand.

    Its like people who use a terrible OS (and I'm not even talking Vista here, but more like win 98 or something) and get viruses and all sorts of malware. They don't seem to understand that all those issues they're having with their computer is not something you have to put up with, that there is a solution. This makes demand for really good OSes relatively low.
  • by SomeGuyTyping ( 751195 ) on Friday March 14, 2008 @04:56PM (#22754832) Homepage
    did you think of trying instead of ipv6.slashdot,org?
  • Re:that's nothing! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 14, 2008 @05:35PM (#22755096)

    Recently, I turned off IPv6 on all my FreeBSD servers. NOBODY NOTICED!
    Duh. You weren't serving hardcore torrents .
  • by IamTheRealMike ( 537420 ) on Friday March 14, 2008 @07:20PM (#22755914)
    Or you can just bite the bullet and put in the hours, acknowledging that it won't lead to extra revenue but is necessary for the internet to continue.

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