After a crazy cab ride from the train station I arrived at a hotel that is in the general area of SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) but not co-located. *sigh* This side of Charlotte isn’t as pedestrian-friendly as it could be.
The first day (Friday) of SELF was pretty good. I generally stayed close to the security track which included talks on DNSSEC, IPv6, and a history of information security. All very interesting and, specifically the IPv6 talk, got my head going. Being a former network guy I hadn’t had to think about the impact and possibilities of IPv6 on enterprise networks and the infrastructure that resides on those networks. I also learned of a “new” firewall that deserves a closer look.
On the Fedora front, I was able to work on a few Docs Project pieces that needed some collaboration to get straight. I’m also talking up my thoughts on implementing a process to help manage (and close) security bugs within Fedora.
I’m hoping day two is just as good as today was.
I’m coming to you through the shiny and “new” IPv6 Internet. No, seriously, I am! I’m sure there are many people in the community that have jumped on the IPv6 bandwagon but I just made the leap this weekend.
I’m using the “IPv6 development and tunnel broker” SixXS and it was actually quite easy to make it all happen. After completing the paperwork for obtaining an account I read ahead and discovered that SixXS uses the program AICCU for the client-side of the IPv6 tunnel. Fedora already has this packaged and in the repos so it’s an easy install. After applying for a tunnel and being approved I modified the config file and started AICCU up. I did a quick ifconfig and found a new interface there waiting for me with an IPv6 address and everything. Very cool.
I visited a test site to see how prepared I would be for World IPv6 Day and discovered that I was almost there. The only problem was my ISP’s DNS server wouldn’t serve up AAAA responses (it’s not aware of the IPv6 world just yet). That wasn’t going to stop me, though. I installed BIND9 and did a quick hardening of the settings and two minutes later Wireshark showed AAAA queries and responses and IPv6 traffic flowing. What was surprising to me was that a quick visit to fedoraproject.org yielded a trip down the IPv6 Internet instead of IPv4!
I was surprised at how quick, easy, and painless it was to jump on the IPv6 highway. Maybe more people will also find out how easy it really is to do the same!