IPv6 and the "average user"

Pedro Roque (roque@di.fc.ul.pt)
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 11:20:36 GMT

>>>>> "Erik" == Erik Walthinsen (Omega) <omega@sequent.com> writes:

Erik> Please forgive my ignorance in this area, but I have a
Erik> "quick" question:

Erik> Q: What does IPv6 do for the so-called average user?

It is expected to start replacing IPv4 (the current IP protocol) in
the medium term. When the 2.1 development cicle finishes you will
probably have many LANs and some backbones where the two protocols
are used. We can't have a production IPv6 by then if we don't work
and test with experimental code during the development phase.

See http://playground.sun.com/ipng for a white paper on IPv6 and other
standards related info.

Erik> (definition of "average user": someone who has a home or
Erik> office ether connect and/or PPP, with no real security
Erik> issues beyond maybe sending cc#'s once in a while via
Erik> commercial encrypters)

First thing the "average user" needs if global connectivity. IPv6 will give
you that in the future, it is believed.