IPv6, Linode & Stats
June 21, 2011
Yesterday, I talked about some of the work I did in the weekend server overhaul. One of those tasks I wanted to talk about a little more was the addition of native IPv6 because I feel very strongly that IPv6 is important, not just to this blog, but to the future of the internet. I’m very excited that Linode offered native IPv6 in its datacenters as early as May and I’m sorry I missed that for World IPv6 Day. Linode even has a full FAQ just for IPv6. What I’d wish they’d add is a little section to the effect of “Is IPv6 easy to use?” in which case the answer is a resounding “Yes!". Most popular server applications, such as Apache, require zero effort to get IPv6 compatible.
Weekend Server Overhaul
June 20, 2011
In early 2010 I signed up and migrated to Linode.com for my server needs. At that point in time, the latest version of Ubuntu that was offered was 9.10; the only useful colo location was Dallas; and IPv6 was unheard of (well, not exactly unheard of, but having a server with IPv6 was). We’ve had several new versions of Ubuntu since then, a plethora of new Colos have opened up, and IPv6 is available — so this weekend I did some major overhauling.
Getting underway with IPv6
July 6, 2010
So let me start off by saying, I’m not new to the world of networking. I’ve been doing this for a long while now. I had a Linux box running as a router on a PPPoE DSL line back before you could even buy a home “router” (IE Linksys). Heck, I had the network running before Pac Bell even had tech support that could handle the concept of more than one computer on a DSL line (and let me tell you, mentioning the word “Linux” around them was hilarious). You’d think that since I’ve been doing this for so long, I must have experience with IPv6… but I don’t. There are a few reasons for this: A) No ISP or server host I’ve ever used has provided IPv6 addresses B) IPv6 has really only started to “pick up” in the last 2-3 years and most importantly C) I’ve never had a need. If you don’t have the need or the access, why bother putting the effort into trying to fight it? Besides, while IPv6 introduces a lot more features into the core stack than just more addresses, I expected it to work mostly the same on a basic level. As it turns out that only seems to be the case in the server world, at home that is not exactly the case.