Connecting to Minerva 2000
Michael Purcell, Libraries Technology Office
There are a number of ways to connect to Voyager, and for everyone that could get to either PROFS or to Minerva (NOTIS) there is a way to get to the new Minerva 2000.
For dumb terminals that connect to ulkyvm (opening login menu has choices that include PROFS and Minerva): Logon to PROFS as normal. Enter "charlotte" to start the charlotte browser. Press F5 to go to a URL. Enter the URL for Minerva 2000 (http://minerva.louisville.edu). The Charlotte browser is text-based and similar to Lynx.
For PCs with ISN Connections: Connect to PROFS and use Charlotte to get to the Voyager web page. With ISN connections, this can be done with MS-Kermit. This is all freeware and available from IT.
Alternatively, if someone has a Homer or Athena account, there is a browser called Lynx that can be run from any UofL Unix machine. Telnet to Homer (homer.louisville.edu) or Athena (athena.louisville.edu) and login. From the prompt, enter "lynx" and the browser will start. Lynx is a more advanced and standard text browser than Charlotte, and it should be preferred in all instances.
Lynx keystroke help: http://kufacts.cc.ukans.edu/lynx_help/keystroke_commands/keystroke_help.html
Lynx Help Files: http://kufacts.cc.ukans.edu/lynx_help/lynx_help_main.html
For PCs with modems: (1) Dial in to the terminal server, connect to Athena, Homer, or Ulkyvm and connect to Voyager as above, or (2) Dial in to the ULNet/PPP server and use Netscape or any other Windows graphical browser.
For PCs running DOS with Ethernet connections: If using CUTCP freeware, telnet to Athena or Homer and connect as above. Use tn3270 to connect to ulkyvm.louisville.edu and connect as above. Alternatively, there is a DOS Lynx browser that is freeware.
For PCs running Windows w/ Ethernet Connections: Use any graphical web browser such as Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Other Solutions: PCs that do not run Windows and have small amounts of memory could use DR DOS 7.0, an alternative version of DOS that comes with network support and a graphical web browser. There is an Ethernet version and a modem version.
Remember that PROFS is ending next summer. ISN connections will be gone around the same time. Controller-based connections and dumb terminals are going to be gone. In about one year, Ethernet connections will be the normal communications method on campus and modem/ULNet/PPP will be the normal communications method from off campus.