Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:15 UTC
Opera Software Jon S. von Tetzchner has been with Opera for a long time - in fact, he co-founded the browser maker back in 1995, and led the company to great success; the desktop version may play a niche role, the various mobile versions surely do not. Today though, he has announced he will be leaving the company due to differences with the board and management.
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How unfortunate...
by mfaudzinr on Sat 25th Jun 2011 19:54 UTC
mfaudzinr
Member since:
2008-02-13

I've been using Opera almost as long as Jon S. von Tetzchner been with well, Opera. I remember that the installation was files were as small as a diskette size capacity. I think I started using Opera in 1996. I do hope that Opera shall continue to innovate and hopefully flourish. Opera has come a long way and I'm proud to say that I am an Opera user.

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RE: How unfortunate...
by ebasconp on Sat 25th Jun 2011 19:59 in reply to "How unfortunate..."
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

I second this...

Opera is the first thing I install in my boxes (home desktop, laptop, computer box and VMs) after the OS.

Anyway, I want Opera to continue its innovative way and I want Jon to be news with some new and fascinating project: As fascinating as Opera browser since its beginnings ;)

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RE: How unfortunate...
by Dave_K on Sun 26th Jun 2011 00:15 in reply to "How unfortunate..."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

I've been using Opera almost as long as Jon S. von Tetzchner been with well, Opera. I remember that the installation was files were as small as a diskette size capacity.


Me too. In fact that's why I started using Opera.

The 16Mb RAM 486s in my college library were dog slow running Netscape, and installation of outside software was blocked. Opera 2 fitted on one 1.44Mb floppy with plenty of space left over. With a dozen pages open it was lightning fast compared with Netscape displaying just one, and was far more stable.

Even in that early version Opera featured saved sessions (long before other browsers), so I could move between different computers and reload all my open pages on whichever one I was using. It made a great portable browser long before I ever saw a USB flash drive.

With the release of Opera 10.5 (a massive downgrade IMO) it stopped being a browser I actually enjoy using, but it still has some unique features that I'd miss, and I've been holding out hope that sooner or later they'll fix all the frustrating bugs and annoyances in recent versions.

Hopefully this development won't mean the end of Opera on the desktop. After all the innovative ideas it's contributed to other browsers, it'd be sad to see desktop Opera go.

Good luck to Jon S. von Tetzchner for whatever he does in the future.

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RE[2]: How unfortunate...
by PresentIt on Sun 26th Jun 2011 08:47 in reply to "RE: How unfortunate..."
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

With the release of Opera 10.5 (a massive downgrade IMO) it stopped being a browser I actually enjoy using, but it still has some unique features that I'd miss, and I've been holding out hope that sooner or later they'll fix all the frustrating bugs and annoyances in recent versions.

Wasn't 10.5 released while Jon T was still CEO?

Hopefully this development won't mean the end of Opera on the desktop. After all the innovative ideas it's contributed to other browsers, it'd be sad to see desktop Opera go.

Considering that the new CEO has said that the desktop browser is very important to Opera as a company, I doubt it's going away any time soon.

It's not like there's going to be a sudden shift now. The new CEO stepped in a year and a half ago. If there were to be sudden shifts, they would have happened by now.

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RE: How unfortunate...
by Liquidator on Sun 26th Jun 2011 01:29 in reply to "How unfortunate..."
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Me too! I have tried other browsers and always come back to Opera. It's just better and it's got it all ;)

I have used Opera since v.7

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RE: How unfortunate...
by mfaudzinr on Sun 26th Jun 2011 05:17 in reply to "How unfortunate..."
mfaudzinr Member since:
2008-02-13

The unfortunate thing is that many site builders are not standard compliant and most websites especially banking requires Internet Explorer or Firefox and would not render certain element properly or at all in Opera.

I do believe Opera is the most standard compliant browser out there and it is the 1st to achieve 100% on Acid3 test. Though other browsers have caught up but I still prefer Opera as it has many features that are still not present in other browsers. It did take some cue from Chrome on simplicity but there's much to improve still.

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RE: How unfortunate...
by KLU9 on Sun 26th Jun 2011 20:55 in reply to "How unfortunate..."
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

Been a devoted Opera fanboy since my first experiment at distro-hopping... from Windows 98 to BeOS R5 ;) which came with Opera 3.x

(which BTW was when I was first came to OSNews, looking for help getting a driver for BeOS in the forums... back when OSNews still had forums!)

And it's still the first thing I set up on every new install, be it Windows, Linux or BSD.

Oh well, now that Jon has quit, he might find more time to go swimming...

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