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Early Unix Networking

Unix acquired networking capabilities quite early in its life. Already the very first versions had the ability to log in to the Bell Labs mainframe. At Bell Labs, Unix may also have picked up local networking capabilities through the experimental "Spider" network. However, the main break-through came in 1975 when a team at the University of Illinois added Arpanet connectivity to Unix. From there, Unix became intertwined with the development of the early Internet.

Systems in the archive

The TUHS archive contains the below early networking systems:

Selected topics

The network systems in the archive give a nice view of how networking code on Unix developed in those formative years for both Unix and internetworking. Below are some pages that explore some of the evolutionary steps: