09.12.21

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Git Over Gemini Protocol (and Experimental/Preliminary Publication of Some Techrights Code)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Site News at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Today we launch a sort of ‘alpha’ (or proof of concept) of Git over Gemini; it’s not yet in the front page of the Web site (only the Gemini capsule or the menu at the top), but we’re working on it and we’ll try to make the pragmatic case for Git’s simplicity over Gemini’s simplicity (more advanced in some respects than the command line, not as bloated and unsafe as Web browsers)

GIT isn’t new to us. I’ve used Git for over a decade and here in Techrights we’ve been using it for years, mainly for collaboration. Over a year ago we started self-hosting Git and over time we added more of our codebase/scripts to it. Today we finally publish most of these, however reluctantly (because a lot of it is still crude, the intended userbase being a handful of people at most).

“We emphasise that this is very rudimentary at this point and some tools aren’t of much use outside Techrights itself.”At the very least, we’re hoping to demonstrate a sort of use case for Gemini. I think we might be the first in the world to do such a thing because I spent hours researching what others had done (to avoid duplication of effort). This is just an experimental iteration akin to an alpha release. We emphasise that this is very rudimentary at this point and some tools aren’t of much use outside Techrights itself. This can hopefully be changed over time and presentation be significantly improved (remaining bugs ironed out and better/high-quality code that’s made generalised).

“Everything starts small and crude. Today is just a start.”Gemini has many advantages in this context, including speed, memory footprint, ease of management, and access through any web proxy (better availability). It’s hosted from home (Gemini) and our server (Git), with replication set up over Git and a 24-hour (daily cycle) cron job to keep everything updated or synchronised and up to date. We’ll probably say more in weeks or months to come. We already have some code that can help convert WordPress blogs and MediaWiki to Gemini, even though it makes certain assumptions about a consistent style and structure.

Everything starts small and crude. Today is just a start.

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