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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Chapter 6. THE NETWORK

THE NETWORK

FreeBSD is famous for its network performance. The TCP/IP network protocol suite was first developed on BSD, and BSD, in turn, included the first major implementation of TCP/IP. While competing network protocols were considered more exciting in the 1980s, the wide availability, flexibility, and liberal licensing of the BSD TCP/IP stack made it the de facto standard.

Many system administrators today have a vague familiarity with the basics of networking, but don't really understand how it all hangs together. Good sys admins understand the network, however. Knowing what an IP address really is, how a netmask works, and how ...

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