For UNIX shell users
Since its release last November, SlipKnot has made World Wide Web pages,
graphics and sound accessible to Internet users with UNIX shell accounts.
Those registering this shareware application include people:
- at educational and other institutions where it's difficult or
impossible to get SLIP or PPP or TCP/IP access;
- at companies where employees have high-speed access at work and shell
accounts at home;
- using service providers throughout the world where TCP/IP is not available;
- seeking to benefit from a tool that allows them to use the Web for
research, queuing up many documents to retrieve and display, organizing and saving documents
complete with graphics in user-defined folders on local hard disks, and
browsing and demoing Web documents off-line.
What about SLIP/PPP?
Though new ways to access to the Web are arriving (SLIP/PPP, etc.), many users
will not choose to migrate to them immediately.
Also, SLIP/PPP is:
- sometimes harder to set up for the user
- requires learning completely new applications
- often more expensive (many service providers tack on additional hourly surcharges)
SlipKnot's developer Peter Brooks, President of MicroMind, Inc., says,
"for several years, I see a continuing place for an application that
gives graphical Web access to PC-Windows users with UNIX shell accounts,
while allowing them to continue using their shell-based mail and news
readers. Many UNIX-based folks are not likely to leave their hard-won UNIX knowledge
and their email homes behind. Furthermore the great majority of educational
institutions provide their users with UNIX shell accounts, and changes to
their infrastructure will be much slower in coming."
"And finally, some users who also have SLIP access have written me,
'when I want to surf, I like Mosaic or Netscape; when I'm doing real work,
I use SlipKnot.'"
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This page updated on June 27, 1995