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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Comment by RichterKuato
by RichterKuato on Sun 26th Jun 2011 02:28 UTC
RichterKuato
Member since:
2010-05-14

I hope Opera's new direction will be more interesting than it was the last few years. Firefox, Safari and Chrome all passed it in market share almost as soon as they were released.

The only interesting things I could expect from them now would be either selling the company, closing the company, ending their desktop browser to focus on their embedded/mobile browser, open sourcing Presto, or adopting Webkit.

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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by PresentIt on Sun 26th Jun 2011 08:50 in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

I hope Opera's new direction will be more interesting than it was the last few years. Firefox, Safari and Chrome all passed it in market share almost as soon as they were released.

There's nothing Opera can do about those browsers.

Safari is bundled with Mac, so obviously most Mac users are going to use that. This is why Safari has about 5% market share (and fairly stable).

Firefox was heavily promoted by Google, like Chrome is now. That's the driver behind Chrome's growth today, and Firefox'd growth (until Google stopped promoting it, and Firefox stopped growing).

Opera doesn't have an OS to bundle with or an advertising monopoly to advertise their browser.

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RE[2]: Comment by RichterKuato
by shotsman on Sun 26th Jun 2011 11:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by RichterKuato"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

So what if Safari is bundled with OS X? IE is bundled with Windows.
Yeah some people may use the bundled browser but pretty well everyone I know does not use it unless they really have to.
I use Firefox on Windows, OSX & Linux. One browser on all platforms. Safari is so-so. IMHO Chrome is a lot better. IE sucks and I'll only use it if there is no other choice such as a corporate sharepoint system.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

Hmmm, I guess that make sense. Except, I don't really remember Google ever promoting Firefox.

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

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RE: Comment by RichterKuato
by vodoomoth on Mon 27th Jun 2011 10:15 in reply to "Comment by RichterKuato"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

The only interesting things I could expect from them now would be either [...] open sourcing Presto, or adopting Webkit.

I guess that by "interesting", you don't mean something that would be good for the company or the web in general.

From a geek's POV, yes, the open sourcing of Presto would be a good thing but aside from satisfying curiosity about a proprietary engine nothing (before WebKit) held a candle to, I don't see these options as "good" per se.

For the rest, I think @MacMan has it right.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

You misunderstood me. Those were just things I could expect from them (Opera Software) that would be interesting. I wasn't listing their options or anything.

As to weather it would be good or bad for the company, that's none of my concern. Also, I doubt anything Opera does would have a much of an effect on the Web considering their small market share.

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