gopher: The way things might have been

I don’t know much about gopher, the TCP/IP protocol, except that it dates way back to the early 90s and to the University of Minnesota in America.

I couldn’t tell you if it was a good thing or a bad thing, a better way to do business or a throwback to a simpler time.

I did find the gopher client though, which is pretty cool.


Basic text-based movement, fairly quick on the uptake and with a fun thing to do here or there. Reminds me of telnet, for some reason.

That screenshot is from Debian, by the way. The Arch version, I am sad to report, crashed and burned when I tried to build it.

I hope that’s not a sign that the past has already left us. 😦

One thought on “gopher: The way things might have been

  1. MrFrood

    This is the original University of Minnesota client (all be it much patched over the years) and to be frank by modern standards not a terrible good gopher client. The only time most gopher enthusiast wheel it out is when playing with one of the handful of sites out there that support the Gopher+ standard. In a console environment you are probably far better off using Lynx or Elinks (with Elinks support for Gopher needs to be enabled at compile time), if one prefers a GUI environment then take a look at the Overbite project.

    If anyone wants to explore Gopher further then gopher:// is probably a good starting point and gopher:// is a good example of what can be done with gopher. To talk about Gopher please join #gopherproject on the Freenode IRC network.

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