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Bring Gopher Back
Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at July 03, 2002, 05:05:44 PM Does anyone not think that gopher should be reaised from the grave ? I still use it and organised a project with someone on it. Gopher is still alive. Does anyone not think gopher should be brung back ?
My question : Should we bring gopher back as gopher + ?
Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at July 04, 2002, 01:14:30 AM I don't even know what the fux it is
Posted by RedX [send private reply] at July 04, 2002, 09:32:35 AM As far as I can tell Gopher was some sort of BBS-like protocol for internet. It used menus to find info. It was some sort of index or something.
(Never used or seen it, but I've book which spends a few pages about it).
Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at July 04, 2002, 12:13:49 PM Gopher is a protocol where the linking between documents if mainly left to the server. Gopher allows for fast data transfer and is something on the lines of a better anonymous ftp. It has great capabilities if properly developed , as currently gopherd 3.4.0 ( for unix/linux ) is very buggy - but it works. I personally like pygopherd which allows http connection on port 70.
If you want to find out more about gopher just point your gopher to gopher://gopher.browser.org.
Posted by vikram_1982 [send private reply] at July 13, 2002, 11:00:28 AM Gopher did really well a few years back. But it just disappeared. I attribute the reason to a heck a lot of good search engines. Any way, search and retreival was the primary fn. for the use of Gopher. When good alternatives exist now, why do we need Gopher again???
Posted by unknown_lamer [send private reply] at July 13, 2002, 01:24:47 PM gopher's big strength was VERONICA, a great search tool that indexed basically all of gopherspace. Now that we have google and what not on the web, that advantage is gone, and has been gone for a long time now.
Posted by Linux_Penguin [send private reply] at July 14, 2002, 03:15:19 AM I did a test in 7th grade for science fair and google didn't do the best, so to me google isn't the god of all search engines... I stick with the one that won, MSN (sorry but its true). Oh BTW Northern Light lost, next to last was altavista (I try to steer clear of those).
Posted by gian [send private reply] at July 14, 2002, 04:46:56 AM Linux_Penguin: That is *very* hard to measure if you ask me. Certain search engines work different ways, eg. Google bases much of your page's "rank" on how many other pages link to it.
Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at July 14, 2002, 05:23:51 AM Gopher can still be used to organise projects and a multihead gopher server written in python is now avalible that allows for gopher:// connection and http:// conections on port 70. I suppose gopher+ may indeed live on gopher://gopher.browser.org or if you have some non-gopher browser like ( Opera or Konq )http://gopher.browser.org. The best thing for gopher is Mosaic 3.0.
Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at July 14, 2002, 05:24:27 AM + could you make gopher:// links stand out in TPU forum posts....
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