Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:02 UTC
Opera Software The Opera team has released version 10.10 of their feature-rich browser. This is the first Opera release to come with Opera Unite, which combines the web browser with a web server, so that users can share data directly between one another, without the need for a third party.
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I actually think O.Unite is great
by avih on Tue 24th Nov 2009 02:29 UTC
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I'm not an Opera user. I use Firefox daily, and even maintain a popular Firefox addon. I use Chrome as a "backup browser" and check Opera and I.E. occasionally. Bottom line is, I probably cannot be accused as an Opera fanboy.

However, I do think Opera Unite has an amazing potential.

Sharing photos or music or even videos without uploading/processing anything in advance, with the receiver not having to register anywhere is just great. True, many people wouldn't have the bandwidth to serve substantial amounts of data, however, I think it might just be enough for casual sharing.

I seriously think it's a first time that a non-technical user could have a relatively general local web server up and running in no time, DNS issues taken care of automatically or handled manually, custom share/serve options and configurations available in a blitz (as in photos/audio/password/etc) with possibly many more such custom server apps in the future accessible in a click.

People don't want a web server per-se. They want to expose data and information. With custom data modules hopefully available, in addition to the basic ones which are built-in, I think people will actually use it.

Of course, the concept itself of a web server with custom apps can be implemented as a stand alone application, but the integration into Opera just makes it way more accessible on one hand, and in-line with Opera's concept of "[almost] All your online needs can be satisfied with your browser" on the other hand.

The key word here is accessibility. And it's doing just that. Plain and simple. I.e. I can easily see myself launching Opera just for temporarily and quickly sharing a folder of music or photos or even video (to be played/navigated via an embedded player by the other party), instead of the overkill of uploading them to some social networking site or setting up a web server, configuring it, managing DNS issues, etc. It would just be too much hassle for such a casual share and it just wouldn't happen.

Opera Unite has a great potential IMHO. Looking forward for future developments in this area.

Edited 2009-11-24 02:45 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:

instead of the overkill of uploading them to some social networking site

Oh God yes, using picasa or facebook or such sites is such a hassle. Of course, once you get by that hassle your pictures are actually available *all the time* rather than only when you happen to be online with Opera running. Of course, if you're already using any other browser (you know, like the majority of the worlds population) you'd have to first download, install and get used to Opera before you can share your stuff.
Yes, I can clearly see what a hit this will be...

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avih Member since:

No need for sarcasm, it doesn't add any more weight to your argument.

In case you missed my point, I was referring to an overkill for certain scenarios. Picasa and Facebook have their place, but it doesn't mean there isn't more room for other tools, sometimes more appropriate for the task at hand.

When was the last time you took a 32G SD card out of a digital camera and uploaded it in full to <put-your-favorite-online-host-here>?

It takes time. Much time. Hours sometimes. If you want to save bandwidth and selectively upload files, then you have to pick them one by one. OTOH, if you only want to let someone browse the photos and pick one he likes and then instantly see it in full size, local server with thumbs preview is the only reasonable option.

Of course, if you want it permanently online, then an online host is the way to go, but that's not always the case. I guess we perceive the words "casual" and "immediate" differently. So be it, I can live with that.

Edited 2009-11-24 04:04 UTC

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google_ninja Member since:

I would use dropbox way before I would use unite.

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wumip Member since:

That's because you fail at understanding what Unite is. You have just decided in advance that you aren't going to like it, so you insist on misrepresenting it every change you get.

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