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Little things that matter in language design
the 'implement a new stack, with mandatory features that are complex, and largely unknown' aspect of IPv6 made it a major project, not something that could be added in easily.
Posted Jan 27, 2011 21:15 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
So software is great, it's enough to have IPv6 in your house, share it with a few friends in a tiny startup's office, or even across a few hundred hosts if you can afford a beefy FreeBSD box as a router. All these things were being done last _century_ in preparation for the transition we are now undertaking.
But that only gets you so far. Eventually (today probably somewhere about gigabit speed) it is only cost effective to switch IP with custom hardware designed for that specific purpose. Eventually the cost of wider addresses doesn't vanish, but instead dominates. And there the story changes.
Posted Jan 27, 2011 21:31 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
this is part of the problem, by designing IPv6 so that everything had to change we have these problems. If this was something backwards compatible, that could run through existing devices in the middle without them having to change (think of it as being similar to tunneling, but with every ISP being a potential tunnel termination point without having to configure it explicitly) then we would not have to deal with the ISPs support or lack of it as an issue, only the question of getting enough endpoints to support it.
this wouldn't have solved the problem entirely, but it would have helped.
And if you are claiming that all developers who matter have implemented IPv6, please go back to the earlier post that pointed out that no current generation game console supports IPv6, many printers don't support IPv6, let alone other, smaller embedded systems.
Posted Jan 28, 2011 16:13 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
The ISPs don't provide such tunnels because the tunnel would _cost money_ and they don't want to spend money.
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