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Review of Telescope, an Awesome and Very Lightweight Gemini Browser

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Summary: Today we look at a very special new project from a very talented and prolific developer, who already did a lot to advance Gemini protocol, Internet freedom, and software freedom

Half a day ago we wrote about a project called Telescope, which was unveiled or announced by Omar Polo (contact: <op@omarpolo.com>) less than a day ago. Mr. Polo is well known and respected among some of us who are Gemini (gemini://) enthusiasts, so I immediately downloaded it, tried it, and then decided it was already solid enough to review.



"This client/browser is really amazing, e.g. in how simple yet powerful it is."Some people urge the project to get off GitHub (all that can be found contextually in the online archive of the mailing list), but Omar is self-hosting the code. GitHub is just a mirror to him. He seems to know very well what he's doing. No proprietary junk, no unnecessary complexity, and no cumbersome bloat.

I decided to do the review in the form of a video, as browsers are generally easy to demonstrate in an interactive fashion, as opposed to static screenshots. This client/browser is really amazing, e.g. in how simple yet powerful it is. I think I already like it more than Amfora, which is stable and widely used (albeit somewhat heavy by ncurses standards/yardsticks).

Mr. Polo (or Omar) is off to a strong start and we wish him well. Everybody in the mailing list also expresses a positive opinion (so far at least) and as we continue to expand in Gemini space (we're working on Wiki conversions at the moment) we look forward to more good work. He has many other projects to look after.

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