Why I don’t use Gemini

Posted on Wed 31 March 2021 in Tech

So, I will say right up front that I do like the concepts behind the Gemini protocol. Mostly made by a community lead by the awesome solderpunk, it’s effectively a quarter-way point between the text-and-directory-centric Gopher protocol, and the HTTP protocol we use on the web. And as a fan of The Small Internet, I whole-heartedly approve of anything that gives users more choice in that regard.

But I try not to spread myself too thin. Between my blog, and my current effort to make a shell-based phlogging engine, I’d rather not go much futher just yet. And I do prefer Gopher, partly because it’s an IETF standard, but also because of my love of retro computing.

Gemini requires modern encryption standards, but you can get away with having no encryption over Gopher, meaning that virtually any older system can access it, so long as they can access the Gopher protocol itself. And even then, that usually just involves a simple TCP connection over port 70. This means even an old Apple or DOS PC can read things on my gopherspace, and that’s going to get a massive thumbs-up from me.

So it’s not that I dislike it, but that I have my attention elsewhere that I don’t actively use Gemini. Maybe once I have some free space in m focus, I’ll work on setting up a capsule of my own, just for the hell of it. After all, I want to support The Small Internet.