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All HTTP services will soon be moved to Gopher

Posted on Sunday 1 April 2012

Hello,

One of our beloved hosted wrote a server implementing the Gopher protocol. Because of that, we had to try on TuxFamily and we managed to make it run on the TuxFamily website as well as on the download service.

For all common browsers, the overbite plugin allows you to browse the gopherspace, so there is no technical difficulty to use Gopher.

Now convinced that Gopher is far more simpler and faster than anything running over HTTP, we are going to switch to Gopher all services that are currently running over HTTP.

However, in order to let you smoothly migrate to Gopher, we designed some simple milestones that should give you enough time to prepare the migration of your websites. Here are the key dates:

  • In a few days : Gopher service added to VHFFS, you'll be able to create gopherspaces along with your current HTTP Web areas.
  • 1st May 2012 : All TuxFamily "internal" services moved to Gopher, like the TuxFamily Website, the FAQ, the VHFFS Panel, and so on...
  • 1st Jun 2012 : HTTP, FTP, RSYNC removed from download repositories.
  • 1st July 2012 : Planned shutdown of the web area service.

As usual, feel free to contact us if necessary.

The TuxFamily.org team

Edit: Of course it was our yearly April fool joke ;-)

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