Anyways, the interesting part is finding a way to browse it. You can’t use a regular web browser to browse the non-web. This turned out to be quickly resolved as there are several Gemini browsers available for Android, so I installed Ariane, which worked perfectly on the first try. However, I couldn’t find any Ubuntu Gemini browsers in the repository, and had to build one from source code. I tried building several, and if you are using Ubuntu 20.04, by far the easiest to build and to use was Castor. The read me came with Ubuntu build instructions, and they worked to a ‘t’. It went like this:
$ sudo apt install build-essential rustc cargo libgtk-3-dev libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev libssl-dev -y $ cd .. $ mkdir castor < Downloaded Castor 0.8.16 from their website and extracted into castor folder > $ cd castor $ cd castor-0.8.16/ $ ls $ make $ sudo make install $ castor
And that was it. In less than 5 minutes I was browsing the non-web! I spent about 15 to 20 minutes monkeying with Lagrange and another 10 minutes with Kristall. I’m sure they are good browsers that work great, but Castor was by far the easiest for me to compile and set up.
In case you give it a try, you can go to the Gemini discovery page to find search tools, index’s, and more.
Linux – keep it simple.