Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 09:37 UTC
Opera Software I'm not sure if such a thing exists anymore (what, with both Firefox and Chrome doing the release-all-the-time thing), but browser season 2012 has been opened! Opera 12 has just been released, bringing with it all sorts of updates and improvements. She may not be the most popular of the pack, but she sure has the most loyal fanbase.
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Opera 12 in 2012...
by zima on Thu 14th Jun 2012 09:44 UTC
zima
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2005-07-06

Perhaps Opera has a convenient opportunity to shrug off the insanity with version numbers inflation, by moving to date-based versioning scheme? (yes, kinda like Ubuntu)

Though they probably don't care much about this aspect; likewise their "the most loyal fanbase" (that probably includes me).

PS. Not sure what to think about one of the few highlighted skins, that with the Cookie Monster... (from Do-Not-Track inclusion? http://kyon.pl/tag,1,4661,cookie_monster.html ?)

Edited 2012-06-14 09:59 UTC

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RE: Opera 12 in 2012...
by ebasconp on Thu 14th Jun 2012 12:51 in reply to "Opera 12 in 2012..."
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2006-05-09

Actually I guess they are basing their versioning in release years; Opera 9.x was available in 2009; Opera 10.x in 2010 and so on.

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RE[2]: Opera 12 in 2012...
by zima on Thu 14th Jun 2012 13:46 in reply to "RE: Opera 12 in 2012..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Seems a bit too inconsistent ( http://www.opera.com/docs/history/ ) - 2009 was only the closing year of Opera 9.x, a version which spanned 3 years (OK, 9 could have been more or less the beginning of practice); Opera 10.x was available already in September 2009; and while 11.x seems close enough, middle of December 2010 - now we have 12.x only already halfway through the year.

Either way, now would be a good opportunity to make it more thorough.

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RE: Opera 12 in 2012...
by kenji on Fri 15th Jun 2012 16:18 in reply to "Opera 12 in 2012..."
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2009-04-08

What insanity and what do you mean by 'version inflation'? Seems perfectly sane and typical to me.

Personally, I hate date based release numbers because they feel forced. What I mean is that most commercial programs that use date based versions are:

A) released prior to the year that they reference and

B) use date based versioning to coerce users to upgrade because they perceive the age of the software.

(example: AutoCAD 2012 - and every yearly release - is released in the summer prior, in this case 2011)

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RE[2]: Opera 12 in 2012...
by zima on Fri 15th Jun 2012 19:00 in reply to "RE: Opera 12 in 2012..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The insanity with version inflation of other browsers...

(and the non-date release numbers don't feel often forced by PR? At least dates are impartial)

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RE: Opera 12 in 2012...
by libray on Fri 15th Jun 2012 18:03 in reply to "Opera 12 in 2012..."
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

I recall a PC Mag article where John Dvorak thought that MS (with Windows 3.11 ) and other software vendors should move to dated based versioning scheme. Windows 95 did come later making me think he had inside info.

Using dated versions helps the consumer. Consumers know how long an iteration of their software has been on the market. Having a non-dated and arbitrary number scheme allows vendors to sell more due to confusion, as well as fend off the perception that "ShrinkWrap 95", even though it's patched and still used in 2012 is progressive.

MS is back to using a sequential number scheme for Windows.

Edited 2012-06-15 18:04 UTC

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