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Response to Gemini Misconceptions and Mythology (It's Not Ugly or Just for Geeks)

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Summary: Another gemini:// FUD response; this time we deal with this new article, a polite article, which nevertheless makes Gemini as a whole seem crude and ugly; in reality, depending how it's presented, Gemini can be beautiful, expressive, and feature-rich (depending on the creativity of pertinent capsules)

THE RISE of Gemini isn't a subjective thing. It is measurable. It's objective.



1700 Gemini capsules approachedAs shown in the image to the right, Gemini is growing fast. On January 16th we wrote about 1,600 active capsule and now we're flirting with 1,700. Almost 100 active capsules in net gain in 3.5 weeks is nothing to sneeze at (not the same as 100 new capsules as it's possible that 10 of the existing ones shut down while 110 new ones emerged).

"Almost 100 active capsules in net gain in 3.5 weeks is nothing to sneeze at (not the same as 100 new capsules as it's possible that 10 of the existing ones shut down while 110 new ones emerged)."Over the past few months I've seen a number of Gemini-bashing posts that were mostly based on misunderstandings. Sometimes there's almost outdated information or misinformation. "I had a discussion with someone about Gemini," one person told me this morning, "a couple of years ago." That's like the time Gemini was only months old. A lot has changed since then. The number of capsules grew from a couple hundred to over 2,000, with probably around a million pages in them (Lupa alone has retrieved and analysed almost half a million pages).

That same person then asked me and another Gemini proponent: "What are the advantages you two see in Gemini?"

"The number of capsules grew from a couple hundred to over 2,000, with probably around a million pages in them (Lupa alone has retrieved and analysed almost half a million pages).""Speaking for myself," I replied, "self-hosting is one. The Web became far too bloated, so it's difficult to host from one's residential perimeter, hence people move to centralised platforms and datacentres."

"But people's connections have gotten faster, it's just the Web that changed. Why can't people take back control of the Internet? In his talks about Freedombox, Eben Moglen raised this point."

The person then asked: "Does Gemini use HTML? Could we post the same pages HTML pages we have now on a gemini server, or would they need to be modified and adapted?"

Some people wrongly believe that Gemini Protocol is only for transmission or only for 'markup'. It's actually both. HTML is very complicated for a lot of people. Setting up a Web server is also hard compared to Gemini. So lesser technical people cannot easily participate, unless they create some accounts in Blogspot (Gulag) or Facebook...

"There are already dozens of Gemini clients (like Web browsers) and over a dozen Gemini server implementations."Gemini uses GemText, which is simple enough to teach to 6 year olds. It's also a lot simpler to program with, owing to this simplicity.

There are many good HTML→GemText (and vice verse) converters. Anyone with basic coding skills can write one in a few hours, as many people have. "XSLT might also be an option for HTML→GemText," an associate of ours notes.

There are already dozens of Gemini clients (like Web browsers) and over a dozen Gemini server implementations.

Our hope is that better understanding of Gemini, owing to media coverage (the mainstream media is paid to push ads and lies, so it won't help Gemini grow), can help without it resembling "advocacy"/"evangelism" (religious term) or "marketing". As it turns out, some mainstream media already embraces Gemini and it has become big enough for Microsoft to attempt to hijack/undermine it.

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