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Re: And Now for Something Completely Different (was Re: IPv6 news)
On Sun, 16 Oct 2005 10:55:38 EDT, Joe Abley said: > Thought experiment: how many different software vendors need to > change their shipping IPv6 code in order for some new feature like > shim6 to be 80% deployed in the server and client communities of hosts? > > I'm thinking it's probably less than 5, but I'd be interested to hear > opinions to the contrary. Client end, if Microsoft, MacOS X, and the various Linuxoids shipped, you'd have pretty good coverage. Maybe Solaris 11 if they're still relevant by then. A few vendor Unixoids (AIX, Irix, etc), and proprietary systems (z/OS), but those vendors will either read the writing on the wall or fade away... Router end, probably same number - Cisco, Juniper, Linksys and a few other SOHO-class vendors, plus a few I've overlooked. The number is certainly more than 5, very likely close to 1 dozen, unlikely to be more than 2 dozen. Of course, even if everybody shipped a *working* *interoperable* product today (quit giggling - we're being hypothetical here), you'd still have a 3-5 year timeframe before all the stuff sold yesterday and years previous got upgraded or replaced.