IPv6 “word-of-mouth (sort of)”

So the  initiative you’re referring to in your question can be compared to a  word-of-mouth (sort of) thing, but now more structured and slightly better  organized 🙂

The above statement was the answer of one of my colleagues (hope he does not mind me posting it here) to the question:

What is your experience in promoting IPv6 to engineers?

This post is meant to do exactly that “word-of-mouth(sort of)” thing. I am launching a series of posts on IPv6 to support the Internet community efforts of moving to IPv6.

It is useless to drop in any general data about IPv6. The internet is full of it. Just browse for the Wikipedia article of it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6

My first experience with IPv6 started at the end of 2007 on a Linux OS, using the gw6c client. The experience was quick however. The simple reason was that, by the time, there was no IPv6 enabled content on the Internet (situation in this regards has not changed much since). After playing with it a couple of days, I have lost my interest. It was simply not in my area of activity and it felt to be a waste of time. It was clear that earlier, rather than later it will kick off, however, it was not exactly clear when. Now, remembering those times I realize the world is quite late with the preparations to deploy the next version of the internet protocol. We will definitely come to a halt before we are ready with IPv6 worldwide.

Today, I have IPv6 at home, at work, on my Windows, on my Linux, and now, targeting my phone for the experiment 🙂

All right, leaving marketing aside, below you can find a simple way to enable IPv6 on your Windows XP (as probably most of you still use this one (Linux will come in a later post)) for global connectivity. The first part is referred to the installation process and use of a tunnel broker. In one of the following posts I will explain how to statically configure IPv6 on both Windows and Linux. You might have seen it already, however, some promotion to achieve a goal is always worth.

So, here we come. All is plain simple:

Start->Run

 C:\> ipv6 install
   Installing...
  Succeeded.

OK, the IPv6 stack is now installed on your machine.

When you are done, you can use one of the tunnel brokers. In this example, we use Go6.net. You can find the binary here http://go6.net/4105/download.asp

The install process is quite simple. If you have read till this point, I am sure you will figure it out.

After installation is complete, connect as Anonymous, for when you do not want to register. Press “Connect”, and voila – you are IPv6 enabled.

What can you do with IPv6 today?

Well, not much. To test if it works, go to http://ipv6.google.com . A majority of Google services are now IPv6 enabled, including YouTube. Aside of that, you can find some random resources. It might look boring, but a new start, especially of this scale always is.

Enjoy, and try not to get disappointed, it will be a long journey… 🙂

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