Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2005 11:59 UTC, submitted by jasnils
Opera Software "Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download, completely free of charge, here." This news got submitted a staggering 14 times, and as far as I know, that's a record.
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First step towards open source?
by ziggamon on Tue 20th Sep 2005 12:17 UTC
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It seems they now have no reason at all not to open source their browser product. On the contrary - they could benefit hugely from being OSS, and perhaps even draw some developers away from Firefox.

Just imagine the possibilities when all major browser engines except IE are open source...

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abdavidson Member since:

Why on earth would they OSS the product? They generate plenty of revenue from their engine from commercial products; I doubt Macromedia would licence Presto if it was OSS.

There is NO inherent 'goodness' about OSS software and no reason that all software should go there.

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ziggamon Member since:

The "inherent goodness" of OSS is that you get free development.
And it's not like they have something to lose by OSS:ing the browser now that it's free.
They will still get all of the revenue from selling embedded versions, using google search et al, PLUS the benefit of a huge mindshare working on their product for free. I see no reason for them not to do the same thing as Trolltech is currently doing.

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v RE: abdavidson
by on Wed 21st Sep 2005 02:56 in reply to "RE: First step towards open source?"
jessta Member since:

It would be nice to have opera as free software.
But I don't think it's going to happen.
Which is the main reason I don't use it and haven't really given it a go.

- Jesse McNelis

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Eh? It IS free now. That is the whole point of this thread! RTFA.

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