Sam Bowne, IT instructor at City College of San Francisco, has a very interesting page on his site entitled: IPvX: Better than IPv6?
Apparently the question was asked at the recent Defcon conference, “Why isn’t IPv6 backwards-compatible with IPv4?”
Well, that is a pretty good question, and Bill Chimiak just might have the answer. With IPv4 addresses rapidly depleting, many companies are looking at converting to IPv6. Bill has created a proposal for an IPv4 replacement that could save a lot of time, money and effort compared to what would be needed if companies switched to IPv6.
A draft RFC can be found on Sam’s site and a help wanted add:
Right now, this is just a fantastic idea. We need help to make it real. Here are the immediate needs:
- Criticism: if this is a bad idea, we need to know that.
- Promotion: please help spread the word! We want everyone who cares to find out this idea quickly.
- Coding: There aren’t any devices ready to use this system yet. We need to program end devices and routers so we can start experimenting with it. I would imagine the place to start would be to program a Linux IPvX router and client, hopefully followed quickly by a Windows port. Maybe a Python module would suffice for now.
Check it out, you might be able to able to be involved on the ground floor of the next big internet project.