[ih] Fwd: [Dewayne-Net] The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol
Brian E Carpenter
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 15:35:38 PDT 2016
On 21/08/2016 09:10, Scott Brim wrote:
> 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?
Actually, Google knows, although it wasn't said at IETF23:
" GopherCon '92: Trip report
riddle at rice.edu
Finally, the relative numeric success
of Gopher over WWW was discussed (there are orders of magnitude more
Gopher servers than WWW servers out there): Gopher seems to have won
out primarily because of the ease of entry (it's much harder to put up
a WWW server than a Gopher server), although another factor may be that
a hierarchical presentation is more appropriate than hypertext for the
broad-based audience of a CWIS."
>> 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.
>> Brian Carpenter
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