What is "The Internet" TCP/IP or UNIX-to-UNIX ?

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at cox.net
Sun Apr 4 11:28:52 CDT 2010

On 4/4/2010 10:37, Jim Mercer wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 04, 2010 at 09:57:12AM -0500, Jorge Amodio wrote:
>> You should revise some of the history behind it. It was a descriptor
>> for a very large network, it was even a TLD in the mid eighties when
>> the transition to DNS was taking place, the old bang style addresses
>> like mine original seismo!atina!pete transitioned for a while to
>> pete at atina.UUCP and later to pete at atina.ar.
> i don't recall .uucp making it into the actual DNS, but i remember our mail
> system used it as a trigger to do a uucp-maps lookup.

I thought it was a sendmail hack, along with .bitnet and others.

> i'm sure its an open debate as to if being in the UUCP maps also meant that
> you were "on the Internet", but many people seemed or seem to think this way.

My problem is that the UUCP maps (and the host-host communications)
existed before, during and apart from anything properly labeled "The

That the UUCP world developed links to "The Internet" (and FIDONet, and
BITNET and ....) goes without saying.  But landing you Piper Cherokee at
LAX doesn't make you part of the Commercial Airline Industry.

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