12.1. TCP/IP and the Internet

TCP/IP and the Internet share a history that goes back several decades. The technical success of the Internet is due largely to the elegant and flexible design of TCP/IP and to the fact that TCP/IP is an open and nonproprietary protocol suite. In turn, the leverage provided by the Internet has helped TCP/IP prevail over several competing protocol suites that were favored at one time or another for political or commercial reasons.

A brief history lesson

Contrary to popular belief, the Internet is not a Microsoft product that debuted in 1995, nor is it the creation of a former U.S. vice president. The progenitor of the modern Internet was a network called ARPANET that was established in 1969 by DARPA ...

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