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Gemini Still Growing? No WEI!

Alternative to the World Wide Web continues to grow

Gemini 2,500



Gemini URLs



Summary: We've not mentioned Gemini Protocol (or Geminispace) much lately; but it's still growing and the number of active users we see there doubled this past year

DESPITE the occasional departure from Gemini, there are still many people who belatedly join (we lose some, we gain some, but the net is positive). The number of pages grows and the community has flourished. Geminispace is not going away. Lupa, which restricts itself to no more than 10,000 URLs per capsule, has a catalogue of almost a million pages (most of them live when last polled) and it was aware of over 2,500 live capsules (like Web sites except another protocol) when last checked. Based on the latest Netcraft report, the World Wide Web continues to shrink (see graph below). Can we hope for a future without WEI/DRM [1, 2, 3, 4] or will the near future lock BSD and Linux out of the World Wide Web (WWW) forever after*?



Netcraft slide
"This reflects a loss of 5.5 million sites," says Netcraft about last month, "but a gain of 231,918 domains and 19,453 web-facing computers."

_____ * WEI ought to be mentioned to friends, family, peers (colleagues) at work. Time is at the essence. Action is urgently needed along with an admonition to contact political representatives, as they can compel Google to stop/backtrack. Free software users are rightly concerned and this new video has a good point about Google aiming to become the gatekeeper for the entire Web, albeit this more authoritative link is worth sharing with your national representatives. Google already gives every appearance of starting to roll out WEI, slowly and quietly. The way things are moving, if there is some buy-in by a few key sites, Google will be able to lock BSD and Linux out of the World Wide Web (WWW) by the end of the year.

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