Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Feb 2010 17:33 UTC, submitted by Idefix
Opera Software Windows users were already enjoying the Opera 10.5 beta for a while now, but the Mac and Linux versions weren't yet available. Mac users can now rejoice, as the beta is now available for their platform as well. In the meantime, Windows users can already upgrade to beta 2 if they so desire; Linux users will have to remain patient a while longer.
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Good News
by ramasubbu_sk on Thu 25th Feb 2010 19:36 UTC
ramasubbu_sk
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2007-04-05

Good news for Opera fans!! I would like to see Opera as default browser in few linux distribution. Which would help Opera to have fair share in market.

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RE: Good News
by frodirk on Thu 25th Feb 2010 19:44 in reply to "Good News"
frodirk Member since:
2009-04-01

No it wouldnt.

Linux has about 1% total marketshare, there are probably more than twice as many opera users than there are linux users.

Not counting various mini/mobile/wii versions of opera.

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RE[2]: Good News
by fretinator on Thu 25th Feb 2010 20:06 in reply to "RE: Good News"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Not likely since Opera is a closed-source program. Many moons ago, that was true with Netscape and Pine. These were 2 very common closed-source programs in the Linux world. Times have changed, and there are too many programs that fit in well with the underlying philosophy of the distribution itself. Lindows (AKA Linspire) would have been a possibility for Opera, but they are dead. Xandros (who bought Linspire) would probably do it for a few bucks, but it probably wouldn't be worth the cost.

This is the dilemma of a closed program in a Free-as-in-Freedom ecosystem.

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