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UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Richard Rosinski, Douglas Host, Kenneth Rosen, Rachel Klee

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CHAPTER 10The Internet

The Internet is a vast worldwide network of computers, which has grown and continues to grow at a fantastic rate, both in number of users and amount of traffic. You may not know that the Internet was originally designed to connect UNIX computers. Today it spans all types of operating systems. The major reason for its explosive growth has been the tremendous success of the World Wide Web (WWW), a vast collection of “pages” located on computers throughout the world that are connected over the Internet. The software that makes it possible to use the web effectively, the web browser, has evolved into a powerful and easy-to-use application.

This chapter describes the Internet and introduces several different Internet services, ...

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