I write this posting like a open letter to you just to explain my intention. Open letter beause, maybee there are some other users with the same thoughts or question like me. It shouldn’t be seen like the 101st request when IPv6 will be available in IPFire.
A couple of years ago I got my first dsl connection from Telekom (german telecomunication comany). IPv6 wasn’t seen at the horizont, I read an article in a magazine about the technical design. After moving (around 2006) I had the chance to switch to a (coax) cable access. After some years I wanted to switch the contract, to get an upgrade to a higher bandwith, the company told me, yes, it’s possible, but you will get a dual stack lite IPv6 connection. If you want still a IPv4 connection, you have to switch to our business contracts. The costs weren’t so much higher and I wanted to keep my ipfire so I did so. After moving again I had to switch back to a „slow“ dsl connection from Telekom again. The advantage of an „old“ company is, that they have a large pool of ip addresses, in my opinion, to offer a full dual stack access without any higher costs. But now, several years later, I have the chance to switch to another company who offers a fibre connection (ftth). But this is a very young company and it seem’s that there IPv4 address pool is a little bit smaller. So the offer for a IPv4 access will costs 25€ … per month … on top to the costs itself.
So, why I tell this history? In connection with IPFire IPv6 is no more a nice to have feature, it will be a important factor in a calculation of the costs in connection with an internet access. I like the IPFire but, to be onest, this is the first time, I take a look around for an alternative. In this case opnSense. So what can be done? In my case, I’m not a good programmer and if there is a call for donation to get this feature implemented, I’m willing to spent some money for. And maybe, I’m not the only one with this thought ther will be some more who spent.
And again, this should’nt be a critical posting, why ipv6 isn’t still available. It’s just a litte insight of my situation and just to put a little spot at this topic.
At the end of my posting, I will thank you for your work you have done and you will do in future for the IPFire project.