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Telescope is a w3m-like browser for Gemini.
At the moment, it's something **a bit more than a working demo**.
However, it has already some interesting features, like streaming
pages, tabs, privsep, input from the minibuffer etc...
There are still various things missing or, if you prefer, various
things that you can help develop :)
- tofu oob verification
- client certificates
- add other GUIs: at the moment it uses only ncurses, but telescope
shouldn't be restricted to TTYs only!
## Why yet another browser?
One of the great virtues of Gemini is its simplicity. It means that
writing browsers or server is easy and thus a plethora of those
exists. I myself routinely switch between a couple of them, depending
on my mood.
More browsers brings more stability as it became more difficult to
change the protocol, too.
However, Telescope was ultimately written for fun, on a whim, just to
play with ncurses, libtls, libevent and the macros from `sys/queue.h`,
but I'd like to finish it into a complete Gemini browser.
- Fun: hacking on Telescope should be fun.
- Clean: write readable and clean code mostly following the style(9)
guideline. Don't become a kitchen sink.
- Secure: write secure code with privilege separation to mitigate the
security risks of possible bugs.
- Fast: it features a modern, fast, event-based asynchronous I/O
- Cooperation: re-use existing conventions to allow inter-operations
and easy migrations from/to other clients.
Telescope aims to use the "Trust, but Verify (where appropriate)"
approach outlined here:
The idea is to define three level of verification for a certificate:
- **untrusted**: the server fingerprint does NOT match the stored
- **trusted**: the server fingerprint matches the stored one
- **verified**: the fingerprint matches and has been verified
out-of-band by the client.
Most of the time, the `trusted` level is enough, but where is
appropriate users should be able to verify out-of-band the
At the moment there is no UI for oob-verification though.
Telescope depends on ncursesw, libtls (from either LibreSSL or
libretls), libevent (either v1 or v2). When building from a git
checkout, yacc (or bison) is also needed.
To build from a release tarball just execute:
sudo make install
If you want to build from the git checkout, something that's
discouraged for users that don't intend to hack on telescope
sudo make install # eventually
Please keep in mind that the main branch, from time to time, may be
accidentally broken on some platforms. Telescope is developed
primarily on OpenBSD/amd64 and commits on the main branch don't get
always tested in other OSes. Before tagging a release however, a
comprehensive testing on various platforms is done to ensure everything
is working as intended.
Any form of contribution is appreciated, not only patches or bug
reports. The contrib directory is for external things such as sample
configuration files, themes, scripts and things like that.
## User files
Telescope stores user files in `~/.telescope`. The usage and contents
of these files are described in [the man page](telescope.1), under
"FILES". There's no support yet for XDG-style directories.
Only one instance of Telescope can be running at time per user.
Telescope is distributed under a BSD-style licence. The main code is
under the ISC but some files under `compat/` are BSD2 or BSD3.
`data/emoji.txt` is copyright © 1991-2021 Unicode, Inc. and
distributed under the [UNICODE, Inc license agreement][unicode-license].