Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2007 19:50 UTC, submitted by juno_106
Opera Software "Back in January we added the ability to report usage of different features and preferences so we could learn more about how the browser is used in general. First we invited you, our weekly users to help us and in 9.2 we started asking one in 100 users if they want to participate. We would like to share some of our findings with you."
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butters
Member since:
2005-07-08

They could dual-license it--put it under the weak-copyleft share-alike license (LGPL, MPL, CDDL, etc.) for noncommercial use only. They don't need to give up on their commercial licensing model. No worries about proprietary plugins and widgets. They'd probably cultivate a nice-sized development community.

Secrets don't help sell software. They don't prevent piracy, and they don't inspire the confidence of the device vendors Opera is targeting.

Yeah, we have open source web platforms already, and I don't particularly care whether Opera opens their codebase. But give me one solid reason why they shouldn't open it?

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

"But give me one solid reason why they shouldn't open it?"

Because as it currently is, it keeps a roof over their heads?

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Because the Mobile and Desktop browsers use the same engine. Open sourcing their desktop browser means it would be much easier for others to catch up on the mobile market and make a big impact on their revenue.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"But give me one solid reason why they shouldn't open it?"

Give me one solid reason why they should open it.

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