Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:15 UTC
Opera Software Jon S. von Tetzchner has been with Opera for a long time - in fact, he co-founded the browser maker back in 1995, and led the company to great success; the desktop version may play a niche role, the various mobile versions surely do not. Today though, he has announced he will be leaving the company due to differences with the board and management.
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RE: How unfortunate...
by Dave_K on Sun 26th Jun 2011 00:15 UTC in reply to "How unfortunate..."
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I've been using Opera almost as long as Jon S. von Tetzchner been with well, Opera. I remember that the installation was files were as small as a diskette size capacity.

Me too. In fact that's why I started using Opera.

The 16Mb RAM 486s in my college library were dog slow running Netscape, and installation of outside software was blocked. Opera 2 fitted on one 1.44Mb floppy with plenty of space left over. With a dozen pages open it was lightning fast compared with Netscape displaying just one, and was far more stable.

Even in that early version Opera featured saved sessions (long before other browsers), so I could move between different computers and reload all my open pages on whichever one I was using. It made a great portable browser long before I ever saw a USB flash drive.

With the release of Opera 10.5 (a massive downgrade IMO) it stopped being a browser I actually enjoy using, but it still has some unique features that I'd miss, and I've been holding out hope that sooner or later they'll fix all the frustrating bugs and annoyances in recent versions.

Hopefully this development won't mean the end of Opera on the desktop. After all the innovative ideas it's contributed to other browsers, it'd be sad to see desktop Opera go.

Good luck to Jon S. von Tetzchner for whatever he does in the future.

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