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Get ready for IPv6 on Linux

The IPv6 transition is hurtling toward us with escalating speed. The resources are out there, including a comprehensive guide just for Linux that you should check out. Take our poll on your level of preparedness.

If you're not ready for IPv6, it's not our fault! Seriously, I was a little surprised to see how much TechRepublic has covered the topic over the years — and since at least 2000. Most recently, blogger Michael Kassner did a series that gave people a good overview of the situation and some general tips about getting ready for the transition.

Rick Vanover wrote, "What do the new Windows networking protocols do?" from a Windows perspective, but I don't think the IPv6 transition has been tackled specifically in reference to Linux here. ZDNet's Jason Perlow recommended this resource (via Twitter) for those who want to dig into the subject: Linux IPv6 HOWTO.

The goal of the Linux IPv6 HOWTO is to answer both basic and advanced questions about IPv6 on the Linux operating system. This HOWTO will provide the reader with enough information to install, configure, and use IPv6 applications on Linux machines.

Check out Jason's article, "The end of the Internet as we know it (and I feel fine)" and get a good rundown of the kinds of disruptions that could be coming your way:

In the last several years, two key things have happened which have vastly accelerated the depletion of IPv4 addresses. One of which is the global rise of consumer home broadband, and the other the global rise and use of smartphones like the iPhone, the BlackBerry and handsets which use Google's Android, which are being activated on the order of many hundreds of thousands per day. Unfortunately, the lion's share of these are using addresses within the public address blocks, and not the private IP blocks such as the 192.168.x.x, 172.16.x.x, 10.x.x.x which could be externally routed using technologies such as Network Address Translation (NAT) gateways.

The answer of course is, why not switch these two big albatrosses over to IPv6 immediately? Well, the problem is much more complicated and painful than it looks.

What are you doing to get ready for IPv6? Take the poll below.

About Selena Frye

Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...

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