Project info for XS26

Share This Created 4 Jan 2004 at 01:06 UTC by pasky.



This project aims to bring IPv6 connectivity to masses. It is a distributed tunnel broker. The tunnel broker part means that it can give you IPv6 connectivity through a tunnel, therefore just having static IPv4 IP is enough and you can get rather big IPv6 range (/48) just for you, and more-or-less reliable IPv6 connectivity.

The distributed part means that there is a lot of PoPs (Points of Presence), and you can choose the best one for you (with least latency, most stable etc); if you stop liking it later, you can freely migrate to another PoP, or have even tunnels to multiple PoPs, and you retain your zone assignment and do not need to renumber.

The distributed part is what makes XS26 unique, but unfortunately it also brings a lot of network stability problems. We use Zebra as our routing daemon (for lack of anything better), and it is too buggy --- it can't handle well the load we put on it, that is several tens of thousands of fast-changing prefixes flowing over OSPF and BGP. Therefore, sometimes zebra goes mad and crashes, or gets stuck in an infinite loop or just randomly ignores some prefixes. XS26 can be rock-stable for you and work fine, however it depends a little on your luck ;-).

We are looking for helpers, desperately. Especially PoP sponsors, but also some programmers who could help us maintain and further develop the web interface and also the backend backbone software. We the original XS26 staff members are becoming tired of endlessly maintaining this rather big network (it could make two or three people working full-time pretty busy), but although we have thousands of users, almost none go ahead and volunteer to help us.

This project has the following developers:

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