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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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:

"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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tiiim Member since:

i agree, not everything is about OSS believe it or not. We need balance here.

that is great news about Opera finally good to see another browser on the loose. I just downloaded it to OS X and i am impressed. May even replace firefox as my secondary browser. Anything that will steal people from the MS thunder is only a good thing. Well done Opera for that radical move... what a brilliant marketing strategy here...what could ever happen next! No longer can we use the "fee excuse". i think we should enjoy this before they change their minds ;)

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