Opera Web Browser 6.1 for Linux Debuts

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-31 Print this article Print

The Opera Web browser is now available on eight different operating systems.

Opera Software ASA on Thursday released its Web browser product, Opera 6.1 for Linux, for Intel and PowerPC users, as well as a new port to the FreeBSD Unix operating system. The Opera Web browser is now available on eight different operating systems. The PowerPC version is the first released on this platform since the Opera 5 for Linux beta in May 2001. Norwegian-based Opera ASA officials said there have been more than 1.5 million downloads and installs of its Linux Web browser technology over the past 18 months.
This version contains several bug fixes as well as improved font support, especially for Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Other enhancements include Java support without using a plug-in, improved plug-in management and error handling, better bookmark handling and improved skin support.
All desktop versions of the Opera Web browser are available as free downloads, but advertising-free versions can be bought at a special campaign price of $29, which comes with a free upgrade to version 7 when it is released, access to personal support via e-mail, as well as to Operas premium Webmail service, Operamail Premium, for 6 months from the time Opera 7 is downloaded. "The match between FreeBSD and Opera should strike a cord with many enterprise customers. Im also happy to welcome FreeBSD users into the Opera family. FreeBSD is strictly not only an operating system, but also a community and a philosophy with values I know resonate well with our own," Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said in a statement.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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