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[ih] When did "32" bits for IP register as "not enough"?

TCP/IP had an army, but OSI had nothing but civilians. It never was a fair fight. 

> On Feb 16, 2019, at 12:36 PM, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2019-02-17 02:03, Michael Kj?rling wrote:
>> On 15 Feb 2019 16:29 -0500, from vint at google.com (Vint Cerf):
>>> 6. MOSAIC hits about 1993 followed by Netscape Communications and its IPO.
>> I'm curious about this point of yours. Why do you say that this was an
>> important deciding factor in the choice between OSI vs TCP/IP, or in
>> the commercialization of TCP/IP over OSI?
>> I'm not saying that the Web was unimportant -- it absolutely was, and
>> is (just look at how many people think that the Internet _is_ the
>> World Wide Web) -- but is there something about the protocols which
>> makes it much easier to run HTTP over TCP/IP than over OSI?
> At the relevant time (1991, when the first line-mode web browser was
> developed, along with HTTP itself) the only general-purpose substrate
> that Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau and Nicola Pellow found at their
> disposal was TCP/IP. So most simply put, they had no choice. Running
> HTTP over OSI was never an option in the real world.
> fwiw, it was by then two years after the rant** which marked my own
> epiphany. Tim, Robert and Nicola were just users...
>   Brian
> ** B.E. Carpenter, Is OSI Too Late?, RARE Networkshop 1989, Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, 17 (1989) 284-286, DOI 10.1016/0169-7552(89)90040-8
>> Or was it
>> just the fact that by the time the Web came about, the world was
>> somewhat firmly established in the TCP/IP camp and so it became a
>> natural choice to focus on running HTTP over TCP/IP?
>> I'll readily admit that my knowledge of the OSI stack is limited at
>> best.
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