[arin-ppml] Use of "reserved" address space.

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Fri Jun 25 16:45:11 EDT 2010

On 6/25/2010 1:29 PM, Leo Bicknell wrote:
> In a message written on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 02:32:29PM -0500, Benson Schliesser wrote:
>> I think the impact on end hosts would be painful.  Just because my
>> Linux laptop doesn't mind (thanks to a kernel hack), it doesn't mean
>> the world's web servers etc. are ok...  Getting universal support for
>> unicast use of Reserved space is roughly on-scale with the challenges
>> of deploying IPv6.
> I actually think you have that backwards.
> Most Microsoft and Apple products can be fixed via a software update
> mechanism already widely deployed.  This would be just another minor
> patch to most folks going out in the regular cycle.
> I think upgrading all of the routers, including both backbone and
> more importantly home gateways is the larger challenge, they don't
> have that facility.
> But, everyone already has to upgrade those to support IPv6.  Might as
> well get an image that gets you IPv6 + reserved space for the price of
> one upgrade.

We already HAVE images that support IPv6 and they are running fine. 
Since certain router vendors seem to view any feature addition as a
chance to sell you a lot of expensive new gear (since the xOS version
won't run on the older gear that contains this needed feature) we
wouldn't be too keen on seeing this implemented.


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