early desktop TCP/IP implementations (was Re: "first" computer on the internet)

Brian Foley bfoley at compsoc.nuigalway.ie
Thu Jul 24 14:13:07 CDT 2008

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 08:58:54AM -0700, Cameron Kaiser wrote:
> > >> > Unix and Linux, yes.  MacOS didn't have built in TCP/IP until MacOS 8
> > >> > in 1997.
> > 
> > I don't think that is correct.  Unless you're claiming that MacTCP was
> > not "built in", which you could claim, but John Veizades would probably
> > have something to say about that.  It was certainly available long before
> > 1995.  
> I don't believe neither MacTCP nor Open Transport were standard parts of
> MacOS until, in fact, OS 8. When I installed 7.1 and 7.5 (gag), I had to go
> scare up separate networking stacks. I don't remember if 7.6 had anything
> built in but I'm pretty sure Open Transport was still sold separately then
> too.

OpenTransport first shipped on the PowerMac 9500 with System 7.5.2, and
was bundled with System 7.5.3 and later. A standalone installer was
available for System 7.1 and later.



> They were available, though, even MacTCP for System 6 IIRC.

Yes. MacTCP worked with any version of System 6 or later--I remember
using NSCA Telnet and the like on an SE running 6.0.7. It didn't
ship with the OS until System 7.5.




Brian Foley.

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