* What is an eyeblea.ch account?
When you create a new eyeblea.ch account, what you're getting is a
user account on a multi-user, time-sharing Unix server.
* What is Unix?
Unix is the operating system that runs the world. iPhones, Android,
MacOS, Linux, FreeBSD, ... these and more are all types of Unix.
eyeblea.ch is a particular bare-bones (or pure, if you prefer)
* How can I learn more about Unix?
The best place to start is with the FreeBSD Handbook, which is
available at gopher://eyeblea.ch/freebsd-handbook.txt.
* What can I do with my account?
Many things, including:
+ Creating content that gets automagically published on Gopher
(similar in concept to the World Wide Web, but simpler).
+ Chatting with other online eyeblea.ch users, on the local IRC
server. This is live chat, with no message history kept.
+ Reading and posting messages to the groups on the local Usenet
server. This is analogous to a discussion forum or BBS; messages are
threaded, and history is kept.
+ Sending mail to, and receiving mail from, other eyeblea.ch users.
This is email, but limited solely to other users of the system.
* How can I get started?
Just log in with the SSH command you were given when you created an
account. After changing your password, log in again, and you'll be
shown a list of commands and what they do. Typing 'help' (without the
quotes) and pressing Enter will display the list of commands again.
* How can I find out more about a particular command?
Use the 'man' (short for 'manual') command. For example, the
newsreader program is called 'tin'. 'man tin' will display the manual
* How can I get help?
The best way is live chat on IRC. Launch it with 'irc', then issue
the command '/join #thelounge'. There you'll usually find someone to
answer your questions.
* How do I publish content on Gopher?
Just create files in your ~/public_gopher directory.
* Are there any rules?
Kindness, legality, netiquette.
Remember that you're running on a time-sharing system without disk or
CPU quotas, and don't hog resources.