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Re: Firefox 3 Beta 2 in Rawhide

On Sun, 2007-12-23 at 10:51 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:
> The correct fix is to make firefox fallback on IPv4 if an IPv6 address fails
> (and yes I know that is more work).  In the meantime if it has an option to
> 'prefer IPv4' even if IPv6 is configured that might be fine, but I really don't
> think disabling it is a good option.
> We still probably should not be enabling the IPv6 address unless requested by
> the users (for which there is a very obvious UI option already right in the
> network configuration), but that is a broader discussion that has happened a few
> times before.

A better fix (and one that other subsystems could use) is a program that
detects whether IPv6 will be a problem for the user and set a flag
somewhere global that programs can check or scripts can recognize and
thus set the defaults for programs like FF to enable or disable IPv6.
Cascade effect from a global config to a minor. After all, if IPv6 isn't
enabled in the Network layer, then applications shouldn't either.

It's an ugly solution for an ugly situation.

As for not enabling IPv6 by default, you'll find by going back through
fedora-devel archives that you'll find just as many IPv6 proponents for
the sake of enabling new technologies as you'll find anti-IPv6 for the
sake of security/not-installing-unneeded-functionality/etc. Can o' worms
for you.

Richi Plana

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