[TUHS] Early Internet work (Was: History of select(2))

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Tue Jan 17 00:42:19 AEST 2017


    > From: Johnny Billquist

    >> everyone working on TCP/IP heard about Version 4 shortly after the
    >> June, 1978 meeting.

    > Over a year before any documents said anything about it.

Incorrect. It's documented in IEN-44, June 1978 (written shortly after the
meeting, in the same month).


    > I'm sure people were doing networking protocols and stuff earlier, but
    > it wasn't the TCP/IP we know and talk about today

People were working on Unix in 1977, but it's not the same Unix we know and
talk about today. Does that mean it's not Unix they were working on?


    >> there were working implementations (as in, they could exchange data with
    >> other implementations) of TCP/IPv4 by January 1979 - see IEN 77.
                                       ^^
    > But not TCP4 then.

I just specified that it was v4 (see above).

    > thus, not interoperable with an implementation today

No, with properly-chosen addresses (because of the changes in address
handling), they probably would be.

    Noel


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