Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 10:15 UTC, submitted by zegenie
Opera Software A few days ago Opera launched a placeholder website which said they were going to "reinvent" the web, on June 16. Well, it's June 16, and Opera has announced Opera Unite, a technology which allows individual Opera users to connect to one another, turning every machine running Opera Unite into a web server.
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RE: A few notes
by WorknMan on Tue 16th Jun 2009 22:15 UTC in reply to "A few notes"
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So for me, Unite and Opera are actually one and the same application. If I were to develop a liking for Unite, I'd start Opera to use it then go back to Firefox which I've customized quite a bit with Add-ons I find useful.


See, that's the thing. I don't really see them as the same, even though they are. But does that mean they should be? Why release this as part of the browser? Seems like it would be smaller and lighter if it were standalone. It just doesn't seem to be a good fit. Kind of like throwing a photo editor and CD burner into the same application.

Also, a couple of other issues I see with this:

1. LogmeIn and its ilk have file sharing services like this, but they charge $ for them. How does Opera intend to keep it free and still profit? Will it be ad-supported?

2. If it becomes an avenue for piracy, this service will probably last about an hour before it is shut down by the entertainment/software industry.

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