28 Aug 1988 22:55-EDT
Just about anything that is layered can be claimed to be conformant.
The TCP/IP protocols don't necessarily include all layers of OSI
(e.g., there isn't a distinct session or presentation layer, for
I don't think there is much advantage in conformance to the
reference model - the great advantages come from having a
set of compatible and interoperable protocols supported by
many vendors. This is certainly the case for the bulk of the
TCP/IP implementations and will presumably be the case, some day,
for many of the OSI implementations also.
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