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 for Serial Line Internet Protocol
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Serial Line Internet Protocol
      (SLIP) Software allowing the
     Internet Protocol (IP), normally used on Ethernet, to be
     used over a serial line, e.g. an EIA-232 serial port
     connected to a modem.  It is defined in RFC 1055.
     SLIP modifies a standard Internet datagram by appending a
     special SLIP END character to it, which allows datagrams to be
     distinguished as separate.  SLIP requires a port configuration
     of 8 data bits, no parity, and EIA or hardware flow
     control.  SLIP does not provide error detection, being
     reliant on other high-layer protocols for this.  Over a
     particularly error-prone dial-up link therefore, SLIP on its
     own would not be satisfactory.
     A SLIP connection needs to have its IP address configuration
     set each time before it is established whereas Point-to-Point
     Protocol (PPP) can determine it automatically once it has
     See also SLiRP.

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