IPv6-only Testing Versions of FreeBSD and PC-BSD
The FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems announced today their
commitment to support the efforts of World IPv6 Day to
accelerate global IPv6 deployment.
Boulder, CO June 6, 2011-The FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems
announced today their commitment to support the efforts of World
IPv6 Day to accelerate global IPv6 deployment. Earlier this year,
the FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems jointly awarded Bjoern Zeeb
a grant to create an IPv6-only version of the FreeBSD and PC-BSD
open source operating systems.
FreeBSD is well-known as a network stack research and reference
platform and its KAME-based reference implementation appeared
over a decade ago. With the help of the community, FreeBSD
has been serving releases from IPv6 enabled servers for more
than 8 years and FreeBSD's website, mailing lists, and developer
infrastructure have been IPv6 enabled since 2007. FreeBSD is used
by critical Internet infrastructure such as root name servers,
routers, firewalls and some of the world's busiest and most reliable
web sites. PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system, based on
FreeBSD, having the casual computer user in mind.
Bjoern Zeeb explains the work as follows: "Similar to many modern
operating systems, IPv6 in FreeBSD was an optional feature that
implied IPv4 support. Since most "IPv6-ready" applications rely on
dual-stack behavior, broken IPv6 support often goes unnoticed given
the IPv4 fallback option. Providing an implementation of an IPv6-only
kernel without IPv4 support provides the FreeBSD Project with the
ability to test and fix such regressions while encouraging other
software developers to improve their code for true IPv6 readiness.
With PC-BSD serving the desktop community and FreeBSD targeting the
server, infrastructure and embedded markets, we have created an ideal
development and test platform for other open source and proprietary
IPv6-aware application software."
Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of the PC-BSD Project notes
that "PC-BSD, with its FreeBSD base, makes an ideal platform for the
testing of end-user desktop applications and utilities in an IPv6
environment. We are proud to be able to offer an IPv6 desktop testing
environment for World IPv6 Day."
FreeBSD testing snapshots are available from
and PC-BSD testing snapshots are available from
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