What is Gemini?
Gemini is a new, smaller, lightweight and non-commercial version of the web as it exists today. Here is the official Project Gemini page;
Today's web is based on HTTP and HTML -- HTTP is the protocol that specifies how we send and receive data on the web, and HTML is a document format for building documents. While these were initially relatively simple protocols, today, they are enormously complex, to the point that a web browser like Google Chrome has upwards of 5 million lines of code. Creating a secure, modern web browser is such an enormous undertaking that only a small number of massive teams are able to sustain them.
For much of what we use the web for: sharing files, sharing documents, this is enormously over-complicated. It leads to a scenario where even to make a simple text-based website, the average user has to rely on a service like Wordpress or Squarespace, themselves enormously complex applications run by private corporations, simply to share a blog, share files, or create text-based content. Websites today are also bloated -- sending much more data than they need to in order to represent simple information.
Gemini reimagines the web -- it's a dead-simple protocol and text format that a relatively skilled engineer could probably implement in an afternoon. Writing Gemini text takes maybe five minutes to learn. Instead of unimaginable complexity, Gemini is a web based on extreme simplicity and austerity: sharing lightly-styled text, files, and building basic applications.
Flounder converts Gemini content to HTML for ease of use and accessibility, but I think the best way to view Flounder content is through a Gemini browser). Flounder is not a separate platform, but a portal that easily gets you into the Gemini ecosystem.
In order to view Gemini content, you'll need a Gemini browser. The easiest browser to use is an HTTP proxy, for example:
However, you can also use a Gemini browser. Some of these may be difficult to install or setup if you're not used to installing software yourself. I'm happy to help anyone who needs assistance setting these up:
Rocketeer: iOS app
Amfora: Terminal-based interface
Lagrange: Desktop-based Graphical interface