Moglen on Freedom Box and making a free net
Posted Feb 8, 2011 21:26 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck
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UUCP is a hierarchical network (people configure a few paths to neighbors and they take care of the rest of the delivery)
It was worse than that, the sender had to specify the full path. In the mid-80s you had to know the topology of the UUCP network to send mail. This was later automated, so you could send mail to email@example.com instead of oliveb!ihnp4!decvax!utzoo!enduser, but this required your local machine to have a copy of the connection map so it could compute the path. Many people chose very bad paths, because they replied to Usenet postings and sent their mail back along the circuitous delivery route (requiring, say, 10 hops instead of 4).
As it got easier to get on the real Internet, sites with only UUCP connectivity could get MX records for mail delivery from the Internet with normal domainized email addresses instead of the fake UUCP domain, and they only needed a path to a "smart host" to get their mail sent.
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