gemini an alternative protocol to http
Friday August 20th 2021 by SocraticDev
How about reading the news on your terminal? And let it be a pleasant experience. The
Gemini protocol offers an alternative to the
http web protocol to serve semantically rich content according to client / server dynamics.
Most hackers find the web bloated. A regular website makes several calls to different servers to download the files necessary for its operation. In addition to the advertising that no one wants to see, the average site offers a lot of features that don't add value to the user.
web that Sir Berners-Lee had dreamed of.
Is our daily experience with the
web inevitable? Can we escape this circus and come back to a simple, uncluttered
web that delivers exactly what the reader is looking for. A super light, fast
web lean that meets the needs of the majority of users: to access information.
what is the
Gemini is a new internet protocol that:
- Is heavier than
- Is lighter than the
- Will not replace the
- Aim for a maximum weight / power ratio
- Takes user privacy very seriously
The protocol was established by hacker
Solderpunk in June 2019. An open community has helped him.
"Gemini is designed as part of the Internet protocol suite. Like HTTP, Gemini functions as a request-response protocol in the client-server computer model. A Gemini browser (analogous to a web browser), for example , can be the client and an application running on a computer hosting a Gemini site can be the server. The client sends a Gemini request message to the server, and the server returns a response message. Gemini uses a separate connection to the same server for each resource request. "
-- Wikipedia, "Gemini(protocol)"
Instead of a web page, we talk about capsule gemini. These capsules are composed in a light formatting language called
gemtext which looks a lot like
markdown. The best practice is to compose the capsules from 'long lines' and not worry about the layout. The layout is entrusted to the client
Gemini who optimizes the available space to promote the reading experience.
Personally, I have tried and adopted the
Go) client which installs quickly through the
Homebrew package manager:
brew install amfora
On the server side, there are a multitude of
gemini server implementations in most programming languages:
Personally, I adopted Bruno Bord's server https://github.com/brunobord/gemeaux. Why? It is written in
python and does not require many dependencies. The
readme.md is complete and I quickly managed to get it running on my personal server open on the Internet.
I then sketched out a small capsule for my online community. You just have to create a main file
index.gmi and indicate to the server the directory from which to serve the files.
do I use Gemini every day?
I visit various current affairs capsules on a daily basis like
CNN and the
Christian Science Monitor. The capsules load instantly, there are no ads, no videos, and the articles are laid out for efficient reading: