Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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RE: I dunno
by Liquidator on Mon 28th May 2012 09:44 UTC in reply to "I dunno"
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the browser has just too many features for my own liking


Similar interface as Firefox or Chrome. These features are burried, non-obstrusive and hidden. Ignore them if you don't need them ;)

Facebook's buying the company would save it having to build a browser from scratch.


They could take source code of WebKit, Mozilla, etc. And they could even start from scratch, they have so much money, they can hire the best devs on Earth.

it makes sense Facebook would look in Opera's general direction if it wanted to move into the browser market


But so many people have strong opinion against Opera because it was a paid/ad browser in the 90's and because it isn't opensource. This is partly why it is only 1% of the market even after 20 years. But they are well established on the mobile market.

I'd hate to see Opera get stuffed with Facebook crap


Me too! Duh...I hate Facebook and Twitter time wasting junk.

assuming Facebook wants to get into the browser business, Opera is the only logical choice


Nope. A few other options, as other web browsers have their source code available. Or Facebook can start from stratch and promote their new browser on their pages. Usage growth would skyrocket in a few months.

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