party time? IPv6 is done!

I found this in my mailbox yesterday, Sep 25. It's been a long time.
This message somehow touched me. People have been working on
ipng/ipv6 for over twelve years, and will continue to do so.

But how long before people will start using ipv6 in greater numbers?
What will be the killer app for ipv6? P2p? Games? HPC? Social Networking?

High Performance Computing will use ipv6, just because it provides ways of
handling massive amounts of data. No window scaling or other hacks required.
But HPC is not for the masses.

The killer app will be used by millions at a time. And it will be big enough to let
people want to make the jump, and join their friends. But it will only happen
when enough providers actually offer the technology for end-users.

But why would end-users want ipv6? To give up their little NAT router that incidently
protects them against prying eyes?

Or maybe that's it - give every internet subscriber a billion ip addresses and see how
ports canners deal with that. Hide your little pc in a sea of duds. Yeah, as if people
won't just choose the very first address out of the pool - most will actually let dhcp
do that for them.

Not that it matters, as port scanners are not where the risk is. Most malware on the
internet gets transported through human vectors anyway. 'Click here'. No, that's not a link.
I don't even pretend it's one.

Whatever it will be, it should require no more than one or two links to follow in order
to get connected to the internet mark 2, with glorious 128 bit addressing.

Cheers, mine's a half


To: ietf-announce at ietf.org
Subject: WG Action: Conclusion of IP Version 6 (ipv6)
From: IESG Secretary <iesg-secretary at ietf.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:30:02 -0400
The IP Version 6 Working Group (ipv6) in the Internet Area has concluded.

The IESG contact persons are Jari Arkko and Mark Townsley.


A new Working Group, 6MAN, has been created to deal
with maintenance issues arising in IPv6 specifications.
The IPv6 WG is closed. This is an important milestone
for IPv6, marking the official closing of the IPv6
development effort.

The ADs would like to thank everyone -- chairs, authors,
editors, contributors -- who has been involved in the effort
over the years. The IPv6 working group and its predecessor,
IPNGWG, produced 79 RFCs (including 5 in the RFC queue).

Issues relating to IPv6 should in the future be taken up in
6MAN if they relate to problems discovered during
implementation or deployment; V6OPS if they relate to
operational issues; BOF proposals, individual submissions
etc. for new functionality.

The mailing list of the IPv6 WG stays alive; the list will
still be used by the 6MAN WG in order to avoid people
having to resubscribe and/or adjust their mail filters.

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