Linux and growth of Internet

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Sun Jan 16 09:40:38 2005

On Sun, 16 Jan 2005, Pete Turnbull wrote:

> On Jan 16 2005, 9:14, Stan Barr wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Cameron Kaiser said:
> > > > Remember the joys of TCP/IP on MS-DOS in the late 1980s?
> > >
> > > Remember it? I live it. The 486 DOS laptop besides me took several
> days to
> > > piece everything together. It runs a 3Com packet driver on top of
> some
> > > crufted together Card/Socket Services TSRs, and then NCSA Telnet
> and FTP
> > > have their own TCP stacks that will talk to it. So does Arachne, it
> seems.
> >
> > I've just been doing much the same thing so I can ftp stuff over to
> my
> > headless 486 that thinks it's a PDP-11 - old NE2000 card, Crwnyr(sp?)
> > driver and NCSA telnet/ftp.
> I built a similar setup a few months ago, but I used the Microsoft
> TCP/IP stuff on top of DOS 6.22. It was easy to set up, and now I have
> telnet, FTP, ICMP (some stacks don't support that), and the whole thing
> uses DHCP and mounts drives from my Samba server.

The MS TCP/IP stack works surprisingly well. The setup program is easy to
use and fairly powerful, and the accessibility you get on a DOS box is
really good. It has support for a number of NICs (including the generic
NE1000 and NE2000). And most of the modules can be loaded high, saving
your main memory for applications. I can mount WinXP drives on my lowly
DOS box would full read/write access. You don't get long filenames, of
course, but you can still access any file because of the "stem" that MS
puts in the filesystem to convert long names to 8.3.

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