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AppleTalk

AppleTalk is a communication protocol pioneered by Apple in the era of the Macintosh Plus. This protocol was designed for networking small collections of computers on relatively small networks. Because it was designed to facilitate network-building by people with no interest in being network designers or administrators, AppleTalk is a rather chatty and inefficient protocol. Because of its ease of use, it has survived the transition to a mostly Ethernet-based world, and prospered in environments where its inefficiencies do not impair other network services.

Because of its intimate association with Apple's printing and file sharing software, AppleTalk is sometimes thought of as actually being disk services and print services. In reality, it's a communication protocol, over which disk, print, and other services can be delivered. Because of this, like TCP/IP, AppleTalk connectivity is configured from the Network control pane and services that need to use AppleTalk are configured elsewhere.


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