Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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If they open source it....
by robojerk on Fri 25th May 2012 20:19 UTC
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I'm with Thom, that I strongly respect Opera and it would be sad if it was gobbled up by a large company.

I could stomach someone acquiring Opera if they open sourced it. It would at least allow a community to continue development if said corporation makes poor decisions.

With iOS, Window 8 (Metro), and MacOS becoming or already are walled gardens why would FB want to enter the browser market? Unless they're really planning to do a FB phone.

Edited 2012-05-25 20:20 UTC

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RE: If they open source it....
by Bishi on Fri 25th May 2012 21:49 in reply to "If they open source it...."
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I actually would be okay with this. My browser of choice is Opera, and right now I trust them. But I don't trust Facebook. I'd go back to Chromium and Firefox.

Furthermore, the Opera guys have been the major force behind HTML5, and have always acted against pushes to tailor the spec to the likes of some companies.

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