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Re: IPv6 adoption

Sean Reifschneider <jafo-reginalug@tummy.com> writes:

> On Wed, Jul 12, 2000 at 12:05:24PM -0500, Vincent L. Mulhollon wrote:
> >Remember, to a crude first approximation, within a power of ten or so,
> >there are about as many IPv4 addresses as there are humanoid lifeforms
> >on this planet.

As of 1998 there are about 10^9 people in Europe and North America
alone. One internet-connected appliance per two citizens does not seem
unrealistic as a mid-term perspective. Without any sharing of
addresses (which adds technical overhead) that would be an eigth of
the address space.

I don't think anybody asserts that IPv4 will last until 2100. Address
shortage does not seem to be a problem for some years to come, though.
Routing complexety is a problem today, OTOH.

> It doesn't help that the US government has a huge chunk of the address
> space allocated to it.

They are not the only one. There is DNS data (A and PTR records) for
7045642 hostnames of the form h%d-%d-%d-%d.outland.lucent.com. That is
more than the population of smaller countries.

Back to topic: what Debian can do is to have as many IPv6-aware tools
available out of the box as possible. So when one's upstream offers
it Debian won't be the stumbling block.


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