Disable IPv6 by default.

David Cantrell dcantrell at redhat.com
Thu Sep 13 16:21:56 UTC 2007

On Thu, 13 Sep 2007 12:13:29 -0400
"Colin Walters" <walters at redhat.com> wrote:

> On 9/13/07, David Cantrell <dcantrell at redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > This has been fixed since Fedora 7.  If you specify no options, the
> > defaults are DHCP for IPv4 and auto neighbor discovery for
> > IPv6.  Previously, if you disabled IPv6 during installation or selected auto
> > neighbor discovery, DHCPv6 still occurred.
> Let me quote Havoc here (from http://ometer.com/free-software-ui.html):
> "Reading dozens of GNOME and Red Hat bugs per day, I find that users ask for
> a preference by default. If a user is using my app FooBar and they come to
> something they think is stupid - say the app deletes all their email - it's
> extremely common that they'll file a bug saying "there should be an option
> to disable eating all my email" instead of one saying "your craptastic
> junk-heap of an app ate my email." People just assume that FooBar was
> designed to eat your email, and humbly ask that you let them turn off this
> feature they don't like.
> Fight the temptation! Admit the truth to your users - you're a loser, FooBar
> just sucks and ate their email. ;-) This feature should be fixed, not made
> optional."
> This entire thread was a perfect example.  It isn't a question of whether or
> not to enable IPv6; if we want IPv6, fix the bugs that adding it
> introduces.  Don't add options to enable it or disable it.

Exactly.  This is why it's IPv6 is enabled by default now.  When the masses do want IPv6, they'll be glad that the legwork was done now to ensure it all works correctly.

Of course, this is the kind of post that someone will dig up and quote me on in 5 years when we're all using IPv7.

640k of memory, anyone?  :)

David Cantrell <dcantrell at redhat.com>
Red Hat / Westford, MA
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