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Solaris IPv6 Packages



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Solaris 10 & OpenSolaris


are IPv6 Ready


(phase I and II)



IPv6 addresses, 128 bits in length,
are the new addresses for Internet.
It replaces the old 32-bit IPv4 addresses, 32 bits in length,
because the latter are running out.
With the explosion of non-computer Internet devices
(such as cell/mobile phones, PDAs, music devices, etc.)
and growth of Internet in third-world countries,
the need for new IPv6 addresses will grow quickly.

Most Solaris applications support IPv6 out-of-the box (for example, Apache web server, Mozilla Firefox, FTP, SSH, Sendmail, etc.).
However, there's a few of my favorite applications that have IPv6 capabilities missing.
These are either not available in standard Solaris OS, or the Solaris-built version is missing a special source patch for IPv6, the Solaris-built version didn't enable IPv6 features, or a newer version of the software is required for IPv6.

For these reasons, I have a small collection of Solaris packages that have IPv6 functionality. These packages are built for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, SPARC and x86.
These are SVR4-format packages that install with pkgadd or similar tools.
They are also available at the
OpenSolaris IPS Repository at
http://dan.drydog.com:10000/

if you prefer to use OpenSolaris Package Manager or pkg(1).
In any case, the packages install under /usr/local/
These packages are unsupported and are provided "as is" under
these terms and conditions.


  • ISC's Lynx, a screen-oriented web browser. These packages have SSL and IPv6 enabled (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI).
    Lynx is not a part of Solaris OS. Some versions of Solaris has Links, which is similar, but doesn't support IPv6 (it's on their TODO list).
    See
    http://lynx.isc.org/




  • Mike Gleason's NcFTP, a screen-oriented FTP (file transfer) client (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI). I built this version with a source patch from KAME to enable IPv6 on NcFTP.
    See
    http://www.ncftp.com/




  • David Mills' NTP (Network Time Protocol) software. This version has IPv6 enabled and NTP 4 features not in the ancient, out-of-the-box Solaris version, NTP 3 (CR 6580659).
    See
    http://www.ntp.org/




  • Tin, a screen-oriented USENET NNTP newsreader client (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI). These packages have IPv6 enabled. Tin requires package SUNWicu (Unicode).
    Tin is not provided with Solaris OS.
    See
    http://www.tin.org/

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