Looks like IPv6 is going from being that funny option in the network stack that nobody uses to being a real live protocol. Reuters has the story.
Vinton Cerf of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the next-generation protocol, IPv6, had been added to its root server systems, making it possible for every person or device to have an Internet protocol address.
“This is a big, big step,” Cerf said, speaking on sidelines of ICANN’s annual conference held in the Malaysian capital.
Cerf said about two-thirds of the 4.3 billion Internet addresses currently available were used up, adding that IPv6 could magnify capacity by some “25,000 trillion trillion times”.
From reading ICANN’s press release, it looks like they’re starting with the .kr (Korea) and .jp (Japan) TLD’s. I imagine it will be a while before they get confident enough to roll it out for .com, .net, and .org.