Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 15:26 UTC, submitted by Robert Kratky
Opera Software Opera Software's CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner explains why they will not release the Opera browser as open source, arguing that open standards are more important than open source. Von Tetzchner also talks about the company's antitrust complaint to the European Commission in which it accuses Microsoft of abusing its dominant position by tying Internet Explorer to Windows.
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RE[2]: hrmmm
by pixel8r on Fri 22nd Feb 2008 02:42 UTC in reply to "RE: hrmmm"
pixel8r
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2007-08-11

i second this!!

They make it sound like if they went open source they would somehow have to break open standards...?!

I think BOTH open standards AND open source are important, and most open source projects I know also support open standards. In most cases they support open standards better than their closed-source "equivalents".

So what is the point of saying open standards are more important? Its just an excuse for not opening up their code and I dont believe its a valid one.

If they made opera open source it would still meet the same open standards it does today. So the question should be asked again, "Why wont opera go open-source AND remain open-standards compliant?". Why?

Edited 2008-02-22 02:43 UTC

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RE[3]: hrmmm
by dagw on Fri 22nd Feb 2008 09:26 in reply to "RE[2]: hrmmm"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

So what is the point of saying open standards are more important?


I think he's right. I use a few closed source apps, because they perform better than the open source equivalents and I felt they where worth the money.

However one thing I make very sure of is that all the apps follow an open standard so that I can get my important data out and replace the app with something else should it become necessary. That is why open standards are more important.

So the question should be asked again, "Why wont opera go open-source AND remain open-standards compliant?". Why?


The real question is why should they go open source. What's to gain? Don't answer this question from the perspective of an OSS advocate or end user, answer it from the perspective of an Opera senior manager or shareholder.

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