Veronica is a very nice tool but don’t forget Jughead, which by the way , is now Jugtail:http://www.nongnu.org/jugtail/
I was very happy to see Mr Jones release this tool under the GPL.
In general Veronica searched (indexed) all of gopherspace and Jughead searched (indexed) one gopher or several gophers.
Veronica was slower and was built to handle a considerably larger database, Jughead was built for speed and it’s database is restricted by the servers ram.
Today Gopher isnt actually dead and we also have a Veronica-2 in gopherspace as well over at Floodgap:
gopher://gopher.floodgap.com:70/
For other searches at or linked from the
hal3000 gopher try:
gopher://hal3000.cx/1/Search
As for the usability of gopher search tools, they are what they are and did what they intended to do very well.
As for the usability of Gopher?
Well it isn’t the web… some like that some don’t. It was a replacement for FTP and it is simple directory listings, no flash or adds, jingles or midi’s, unless of course they are a file on the gopher’s server and then you can choose to grab them and look at them 🙂 Besides that the bandwidth is tiny compared to web pages. With the modern Gopher server you have options to also serve your gopher in html and wap at the same time, one example of such a server is Pygopherd:
http://gopher.quux.org:70/devel/gopher/pygopherd
So lets say you have information you want to diseminate across gopher,html and wap
something you need like weather or even the solunar tables or maybe financial info so that you might be able to reach this at home, office or in the field via cell phone, you can write one script one time under one cron job and have this exact particular simple low bandwidth data of your choice instantly available in all these ways (even ftp if you allow viewing of your gophers directory from ftpd.)
So dead we are not, we just have a simple small following 🙂
Happy gophering!
Chris