- I have a network with Windows and Linux machines
- The router doesn't support IPv6, but the computers have link-local addresses (fe80::/10), and I plan to buy an IPv6-capable router in the future
- I'm currently learning about IPv6 and experimenting with it, so there is no immediate problem to solve (since IPv4 works), but I want to learn about it now so it doesn't bite me later
- I do not want to run a DNS server (for various reasons, such as not having a machine running 100% of the time, and not wanting to use static addresses)
- IPv4 name resolution works using NBNS/WINS broadcast (natively on windows machines and using Samba/nmblookup on Linux machines).
- If, for some reason, name resolution doesn't work, I can always resort to IPv4 literals, as I can easily memorize the last byte of a 192.168.1.0/24 address.
Now, the problem is that NBNS/WINS doesn't work with IPv6, so there is no name resolution. I can ping literal IPv6 addresses (after back-and-forth read/type cycles and lots of eye-squinting to find a single digit error...), but that's about it. I cannot do any name resolution. And unlike with IPv4, literal IPv6 addresses are not practical to use.