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!