Gopher users need a program -- a Gopher client
-- running on their own computer to access Gopher servers.
At Cornell, Web browser software is now distributed free to students, faculty, and staff as part of a software package that allows menued access to a variety of network resources, including the online catalog, periodical indexes, OCLC and RLIN, course schedules, grades, bursar accounts, and a local Gopher client
. Students can access a variety of World Wide Web servers containing hypermedia documents from libraries, departments, and an individual's computer, as well as Web sites from around the world via the Internet.
When a gopher client
is started, it simply "asks" the remote gopher server for a menu of information files it can offer the user.
Below are a few items noted from a recent issue, plus information on how to subscribe to INFOBITS via e-mail or read it online via a Gopher client
Gopher users may find it by accessing the UIUC Gopher (those without access to a Gopher client
may telnet to UIUC's public Gopher server, ux1.cso.uiuc.edu, login gopher).
The next stage in the evolution of gopher clients
was the commercial availability of pre-packaged suites of Internet applications, which include a gopher client
in addition to such applications as e-mail and a newsreader.
To access the Readmore gopher, point your gopher client
to: gopher.readmore .com.
and others who desire an 'educated opinion' of a book." There is a keyword-searchable archive of reviews from this newsgroup at gopher.colorado.edu for those with access to gopher client
As always, you can retrieve any file by the e-mail facility if you do not have a gopher client
. Details and announcements of e-journals are regularly added to section SA5; Electronic Journals: News; while you can find directories of available e-journals in the SA2 directory.
By year-end, IBM'S AS/400 Division will provide native Gopher Client
software, allowing any user on an AS/ 400 attached to the Internet network to directly access this information.
In the latest gopher client
, Version 2.0.16, there are features to help you use the gopher bookmark to re-use and return to your favorite or best gophers over and over again.
The Minnesota folks still offer a "public" gopher client
, just in case your provider or system doesn't offer one.