From: Rhonda Gaines (bunn!
Date: Mon May 20 1991 - 08:29:47 CDT

Thanks to all that responded. Most of the replies I received were "metoos" so
there might be a real benefit if there were a tutorial available.

slipware.tar.Z can be obtained by anonymous ftp from (internet: or

From: Bob Sutterfield <uunet!!bob>

   From: rrg@fibercom.COM (Rhonda Gaines)
   Newsgroups: alt.sys.sun,comp.unix.questions,local.sun-managers
   Date: 16 May 91 16:09:17 GMT
   Organization: FiberCom Inc., Roanoke, Virginia

   Also if there is a better package available with other features, I
   would like to know.

Get and install
Don't bother with SLIP unless you must talk to a host that can only
talk SLIP. If you're new to the game, start with PPP and jump
directly into the modern age. I'll append a few more comments below
as I posted them yesterday.

(Please note: the following paragraph is private mail.)

If you're interested in a commercial-grade implementation of PPP and
SLIP for your UNIX systems, we'll be releasing our stuff soon. It
should be easy to administer and transparent to use. Contact Jamey
Laskey as or at +1 800 558 7827 or +1 614 451
1883 for more information.

Newsgroups: comp.dcom.modems
From: bob@MorningStar.Com (Bob Sutterfield)
Subject: Re: Argh! What is SLIP and PPP ???

In article <8475@uceng.UC.EDU> dsims@uceng.UC.EDU (david l sims) writes:
   ...explain a bit more about what they are and what they do?

SLIP allows two machines to exchange IP datagrams over serial lines,
hence its name "Serial Line Internet Protocol." It can be considered
a "first cut" at providing the basic capability, and even calls itself
a non-standard. With the experience gained from a few years of use,
PPP addresses many of the weaknesses of SLIP and is the current
IETF-blessed Internet standard in its domain of application.

   Also, if [SLIP and PPP] are some sort of standard, where can I get
   the document that explains the standard?

SLIP is documented in RFC 1055, and PPP is documented in RFCs 1171 and
1172. Many SLIP and PPP implementations also incorporate TCP header
compression, as described in RFC 1144. Get them all from's rfc: area, or from any number of other repositories
nearer you.

   From what I've been able to glean, I think I will be very
   interested in SLIP.

If you haven't started using either of them yet, and you don't need to
talk to something that can *only* talk SLIP; then don't bother with
SLIP. Start directly instead with PPP. Read the DEFICIENCIES section
of RFC 1055 and the Introduction of RFC 1171 for a discussion of why.

From: uunet!!jason (Jason Martin Levitt)
Subject: SL/IP info

  I don't know of any tutorials. You might find my article useful.
It has pointers to source code and stuff. It appeared in the
January 7th issue of "Unix Today!" [your favorite tabloid rag].
The article is called "Two Protocols Worth Observing" [namely SLIP and
   Article reprints and/or back issues:

     CMP Publications
     Unix Today!
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     Manhassett, NY 11030

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