Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 10:15 UTC, submitted by zegenie
Opera Software A few days ago Opera launched a placeholder website which said they were going to "reinvent" the web, on June 16. Well, it's June 16, and Opera has announced Opera Unite, a technology which allows individual Opera users to connect to one another, turning every machine running Opera Unite into a web server.
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RE: A few notes
by FealDorf on Tue 16th Jun 2009 18:47 UTC in reply to "A few notes"
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The technology is "beta" -- which means that; yes - it's "half-baked". I personally feel a sense of prejudice from you - you're rejecting the idea before you give it a try.

Yes, "Unite is Opera" because it's a technology embedded in the browser - that's the very concept. I wouldn't be surprised if I see a plugin replicating it on Firefox as with any technology you find on other browsers.

I haven't used web-server yet; but as it's obviously intended to be a simple webserver it'd require only the index.html...

Lastly it *does* count as "reinventing the web" cuz the fundamental concept in itself is different; it's not a social network it's a web-server in your browser.

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RE[2]: A few notes
by wossman on Tue 16th Jun 2009 19:21 in reply to "RE: A few notes"
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Rejecting the idea before I give it a try? Have you read my post entirely? I've only commented on the parts I *have* tried and I've stated that fact. I'd hope that any group embarking on a project like this would give more thought the user experience before even going to into beta.

The interface as is doesn't strike me as one aimed at power users. Power users can find their way around accomplishing the same goals and usually don't mind (in fact they take pride in being capable of) the extra effort. This seems to me to be a service aimed an unsophisticated users. And to that end, usability is lacking.

I'd imagine that there's a lot riding on this for Opera and the more effort they put into keeping the user captive in their GUI, the stickier the service will be. And that'd be a good thing for them.

All told, what you're sensing from me is actually, disappointment, not prejudice. It doesn't matter to me whether Mozilla or Google released this service. My findings are the same.

But as you aptly point out, it's only a beta and a brand new one at that. Let's see how well they improve it in time.

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RE[3]: A few notes
by FealDorf on Tue 16th Jun 2009 20:13 in reply to "RE[2]: A few notes"
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Interface was never a strong point for Opera; if you ask me it's one of the major reasons for its small market share (the other being issues in rendering non-compliant webpages). Nevertheless - like I said; I think it's clear it isn't intended for people serious about hosting a website; as such it doesn't need to be versatile. Nevertheless I can read that you have "tried" it but I'm referring to using it for more than a try with expectations of a different sort. That's what *I* felt because you expected them to be decoupled or so.. Nevertheless, I'm not entirely impressed myself but I admire the idea enough to delay my judgement.

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RE[3]: A few notes
by stainlessstealrat on Tue 16th Jun 2009 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: A few notes"
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It's an alpha, not a beta.
download the new Opera Unite alpha builds

The initial applications offered by Opera Unite are just simple demos

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