GOPHERS (pronounced Gopher-S) is one of a trio of freeware servers released by the European Microsoft Windows NT Academic Center (EMWAC). The server is a fairly basic implementation that does little more than serve its purpose (no pun intended), which is allowing Windows NT (Intel, Alpha, and MIPS) machines to serve information using the gopher protocol. Like its siblings WAISS (a WAIS server) and HTTPS (a Web server), GOPHERS is unsupported software that has ceased being developed (i.e. v0.91 is the final release of the server).
Even though the server never made it to a v1.0 release as was expected when originally developed back in 1994, GOPHERS carries a decent set of features, including the ability to run as a Windows NT system service, multithreading support for multiple simultaneous connections, WAIS database searching capabilities (requires EMWAC’s freeware WAIS toolkit), transaction logging, error logging using the Windows NT Event Logger, and a Control Panel application for configuration and administration tasks. Overall, like the protocol itself, GOPHERS has largely gone by the wayside. But for enterprises looking to complete their array of Internet services with a protocol that can efficiently serve extremely large collections of text-based information, GOPHERS remains a viable option.
The server is a fairly basic implementation that does little more than serve its purpose (no pun intended), which is allowing Windows NT (Intel, Alpha, and MIPS) machines to serve information using the gopher protocol.
Pros: Adequate set of features; Win NT Intel, Alpha, and MIPS versions available; freeware
Cons: Unsupported and no longer developed, basic implementation of the Gopher protocol
New: No new features – the server ceased being developed in 1994; GOPHERS Text File
Version Reviewed: 0.91
Operating Systems / Latest Versions:
Windows NT: Intel, Alpha, MIPS – (v0.91)