Wednesday, 8 June 2011

World IPv6 Day

Tada! The world ends now... oh wait. Wrong opening.

Look! The dawn of a new age... well, not quite. Started over ten years ago. Try again.

Uh..... Hello, world?

Okay, so it's nothing spectacular, to most people. But World IPv6 Day started a few minutes ago, and with it the commitment by a large number of web sites to activate IPv6 on their primary names. If you're on IPv6, you can now access Google at www.google.com - previously, you had to use ipv6.google.com.

It still doesn't sound very impressive, I realise, but there's a major chicken-and-egg problem with IPv6 deployment, and this should help to spread the word.

I know I haven't made anyone curious, but just in case I did:
http://www.worldipv6day.org/

2 comments:

John said...

I've been able to access google.com over ipv6 (without having to type ipv6.google.com) since at least 2010.

Chris Angelico said...

Apologies, guess I picked a bad example then. This is what happens when I snap off a post real fast while I'm at work. In any case, there have been a number of sites that haven't been available on v6, and for today they will be.

Of course, by "not available" I mean natively; there've always been ways of tunneling and such.