Should your home broadband connection be IPv6 ready right now?

Some ISPs are beginning to plug IPv6 home routers, but should you be concerned about it? Here’s the situation for home routers and networking equipment in a nutshell.

In recent weeks there’s been more than the usual amount of noise surrounding IPv6; just yesterday Internode announced it was selling a couple of IPv6 ready routers and iiNet’s made the same claim of its upcoming Bob2 router. If you’re still a little hazy on IPv6, this rather dry YouTube video does a good job covering the basics.

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Improved IPv6 support in Perl

Derek Morrhas blogged before about the shoddy support for IPv6 in Perl. Last week, Perl 5.14 was released with improved IPv6 support in the core distribution:

Improved IPv6 support
The Socket module provides new affordances for IPv6,
including implementations of the Socket::getaddrinfo() and
Socket::getnameinfo() functions, along with related constants and a
handful of new functions. See Socket.

This change brings the standard getaddrinfo()/getnameinfo() socket calls into the core library. Prior to this, developers had to use a separate module, socket6, to get IPv6-capable socket calls. This change is long overdue. The getaddrinfo() and getnameinfo() calls were first defined in RFC 2113, which published in 1997!

In 2011, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to write new code in Perl, but I’m glad that the core library finally has IPv6 support. There’s still a lot of legacy Perl code out there, and much of it will have to get IPv6 support. This should make that process much easier.

Source: Living with IPv6 Blog

Vint Cerf wants YOU to use IPv6

Just saw this on Twitter and it was too cute not to share. A larger version is available if you click on the image. to Participate in World IPv6 Day

On June 8th, 2011, will be enabled for IPv6, the next generation of the Internet protocol. This is part of an industry-wide effort called World IPv6 Day where Bing, Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other major Internet companies are providing IPv6 access for this one-day test.
Complete info at thisisxbox.

NTT Communications Group to Join World IPv6 Day

NTT Communications (NTT Com) and its three subsidiaries of NTT Plala, NTT PC Communications and NTT America jointly announced on April 28 that they will participate in World IPv6 Day, a worldwide testing of the IPv6 protocol, to demonstrate its readiness to ensure successful transition from the IPv4 environment.
Complete info at SunHerald, DigitalJournal and ITnews.

Spanish Government approves National IPv6 Transition Plan

On Friday 29th April 2011, the Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the Master Plan for the National transition to IPv6, with the cooperation of all the public administrations.

The Plan includes 10 points covering all the aspects required for the public administrations to tackle the IPv4 exhaustion problem with a firm commitment for the deployment of IPv6, including eGovernment services, and the cooperation with private organisations in order to make sure that IPv6 is deployed in every network in the country.

In the next months a free training program will be provided in the 20 major Spanish cities.
The summary of the Plan is published in the Moncloa web site. Also an official IPv6 web site has been released which will include further contents in the next weeks.