Geoff on IPv4 Exhaustion

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at
Mon Nov 21 02:10:54 CET 2011

On 2011-11-21 13:25, Francois Tigeot wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 06:30:49PM +0000, Olipro wrote:
>> Yes, for IPv4; if you want to apply v4 practices to v6, you've already 
>> missed the point.
> And here I thought IPv6 was a new version of the Internet Protocol we all
> know and use.
> *You* are missing the point. If you want to throw out decades of history
> and industry practices, the first step is to call your technology with
> another name.
> I suggest AFOSP -- Alien From Outer Space Protocol.

I don't think anyone is proposing to throw out things that are known to work
well, but there are plenty of things we use today that work badly, and we
should be glad to replace them. It will be a very sad day when people start
to refuse innovation in the Internet.

In any case, the RA and ND mechanisms in IPv6 were designed before 1996, when
DHCP for IPv4 was extraterrestrial and there were limited implementations. The
real question today is where the boundary lies between the realm of RA & ND,
which are not going away, and the realm of DHCPv6, which isn't going away either.


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