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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abdavidson
Member since:
2005-07-06

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:
2005-07-06

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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abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

"The "inherent goodness" of OSS is that you get free development."

What is so good about that? The company has people who know the software inside out, who are committed to it and invested in it? What would then be the benefit of having a disparate bunch of strangers hacking at the code?

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by on Wed 21st Sep 2005 02:56 in reply to "RE: First step towards open source?"
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by Celerate on Wed 21st Sep 2005 03:19 in reply to "RE: abdavidson"
Celerate Member since:
2005-06-29

Personally I'm learning C++ and want to start developing a game I've been conceptualizing for a long time. I don't think I would release my game as open source software even though I think the first few versions will be freeware.

The reason why I wouldn't open source my software, and don't expect any one else to is because it complicates things for the developer(s). I like OSS, and without it I might still be stuck with Windows as the only OS available to me; however, I've also seen some great proprietary applications, and I think it's detrimental to expect every piece of software to be open source.

Open source licensing, in my opinion, made OSS projects like Azureus and Gaim more at risk of being modified and re-released as spiware-infested proprietary software; that did happen by the way, and it also damaged the reputation of those two programs imo. While OSS does protect the rights of the user, it doesn't do a whole lot for developers who can't afford legal battles. Also the technicalities can be argued until the sun explodes, but if OSS software were proprietary instead then maybe Mandriva Linux would not have a free version, and then to use it I would have to shell out for a copy instead of using the free download version, then Mandriva might actually make some money from me.

In my defence for always getting the free download version of Mandriva or SUSE though, I'm a student and cannot afford unecessary purchases, especially since I was recently laid off from work.

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