[ih] Fwd: [Dewayne-Net] The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

Scott Brim scott.brim at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 14:10:57 PDT 2016

Yes the history seems jumbled up but it's a fun read anyway.

On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 4:35 PM, Brian E Carpenter
<brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> the 23rd Internet Engineering Task
>> Force (IETF), an elite convocation of academics and government officials
>> from around the world
> Um, no. If you look at the proceedings, academic and government officials were
> far outnumbered by industry people. I won't comment on 'elite' ;-)
>> In the race to rule the internet, one observer noted,
>> “Gopher seems to have won out.”
> Who, I wonder? I no longer have my copies of The Matrix from that era, but sitting
> at CERN we kept an eye on the growth curves for WAIS, Gopher and WWW and I don't
> recall Gopher being a clear leader. Certainly, WWW didn't take over until Mosaic
> was released, but after that it was no contest. The more interesting sessions
> with TimBL at the IETF were after Mosaic.
> Regards
>    Brian Carpenter

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