On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 06:25:59AM -0400, J. Noel Chiappa wrote:
> From: Tim Chown <tjc(_at_)ecs(_dot_)soton(_dot_)ac(_dot_)uk>
> We hear Sony saying all consumer networked appliances will support IPv6
> by 2005. We hear MS talk about IPv6 for pervasive collaborative
I wish I could get $10 for every time I heard one of these predictions. I've
got a huge stack of them, dating back to the 1990's. I think the one I liked
the best was how G3 phones were going to be the killer app for v6.
Fair point. But a year ago we didn't have Abilene, GEANT or a large number
of European NRENs offering a native IPv6 service. Cisco and Juniper's
support has come on in leaps and bounds, and now we do see US and European
real deployment, overlaid on the production IPv4 network, and we see dual-stack
transatlantic links. On the coal face, we can see real progress.
A year ago we didn't have official IPv6 support in Windows XP. We didn't
have prototypes from Sony and Panasnic being shown publicly. We didn't
have a pilot IPv6 deployment project from Microsoft (threedegrees). Things
are moving on. Sure, we'll get hype from the marketing people, but that's
what they're paid to produce :)
And noone's forcing IPv6 on anybody. If you want to keep running IPv4, with
or without NAT, feel free.