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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework and SNMP Versions (SNMPv1, SNMPv2 Variants, and SNMPv3)

In Chapter 3, I explained the differences between proprietary, de facto, and open standards, and described the many benefits of open standards. History is replete with examples of technologies that have succeeded because they used an open standard when a competing standard was proprietary.

TCP/IP and the Internet are often held up as a model for proper open-standards development. Thousands of TCP/IP standards have been developed and published using the well-known Request for Comments (RFC) standardization process. The result has been the most successful set of internetworking protocols in computing history, accepted and used worldwide.

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