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Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, A by Mark G. Sobell

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Chapter 10. Networking and the Internet

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The communications facilities linking computers are continually improving, allowing faster and more economical connections. The earliest computers were unconnected stand-alone systems. To transfer information from one system to another, you had to store it in some form (usually magnetic tape, paper tape, or punch cards—called IBM or Hollerith cards), carry it to a compatible system, and read it back in. ...

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