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Ask Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner

Roblimo posted more than 8 years ago | from the water-is-wide-I-cannot-get-over-it dept.

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Opera Software has gotten all kinds of media play lately, including rumors that both Google and Microsoft were buying the company. Whether you love or hate Opera, you've got to give them credit for building a decent browser and grabbing a small but noticeable market share in the face of competition from both MSIE and Firefox. Co-founder/CEO Jon von Tetzchner is obviously reponsible for at least some of this success -- and for much of the company's high press profile, due not only to the Opera Browser itself but to at least one whacky PR stunt and at least one high-profile beef with Microsoft. So who is this guy? Ask and find out. He's obviously not your typical software company CEO, so we don't expect typical CEO-type answers from him. We'll send him (direct, not through a PR person) 10 or 12 of your best questions Friday afternoon (US EST), and run his answers during the first week of 2006.

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Been practicing your swimming? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14358920)

And that North Atlantic can be cold.

BitTorrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14358927)

Will the BitTorrent client get put in a final version (not just a technical preview)?

Competing vs Free Open Source Product (5, Interesting)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358929)

I can understand how a company competes against microsoft in the browser world, but how has things changed now that Mozilla and Firefox came into the picture. How do you plan on making money when a free, open source product is directly competing with you? Not only is it a complete product, but because it is open source, it has addons for just about anything available. Seems like an impossible battle to fight...

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (4, Interesting)

CSMastermind (847625) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358987)

Some have suggested that Microsoft should buy the Opera browser. How do you feel about this? If they did, would you plan to continue with work on the browser? Would you ever work for Microsoft?

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359507)

Are you asking the parent poster what he feels about that? If not, start your own fucking thread.

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359683)

In keeping with your rudeness "If not, start your own fucking thread.".
You're a cunt

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (2, Insightful)

publius_jr (808330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359183)

While Firefox certainly does compete strongly with Opera, its popularity is not only a negative for Opera. For one, Opera is itself a high-quality product, in some ways better than the godlike Firefox. Firefox sometimes places a heavy footprint on my computer's memory; Opera's code seems more streamlined. The Opera interface has some interesting plusses, as well. Healithy competition will ensure more useful features in Opera. Also, the popularity of ANY alternative to IE is a boon for ALL alternatives, for without such Microsoft could de-commodotize the market, killing off all competition.

Firefox provides only competition for Opera. Not only does it compete itself, however, but it also allows for any competition in the first place.

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (2, Interesting)

Troed (102527) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359221)

Don't forget that desktop Opera is as much an advertisment for the cellphone editions of Opera as it is a stand alone browser in itself.

Opera Mini just rocks.

Re:Competing vs Free Open Source Product (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359304)

From their financial statement: In September, Opera Software permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its desktop Web browser. This was made possible by a gradual increase in revenue from search and service partners, including a new, revised search agreement with Google

Acid2 Test (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359486)

Do you have any plans for Opera being the first Windows Browser to pass the Acid2 Test? Is that in your plans for the competition against IE and Firefox?

How do you live with yourself? (4, Funny)

WinDoze (52234) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358930)

As the CEO of Opera, do you have any idea how many inncent men you've put through a night of HELL as we patiently sit through the damn thing in order to get into some chick's pants? OH, sorry. Wrong Opera. (Please don't really send this to him...)

Re:How do you live with yourself? (0, Offtopic)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358992)

as we patiently sit through the damn thing in order to get into some chick's pants?

      Cross-dressing implications aside: perhaps you should try chicks who wear skirts... I find them far more, er, accomodating...

Re:How do you live with yourself? (1)

AndroSyn (89960) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359497)

Depends if he meant pants in the British English sense of pants. In such case, you realize most women wear pants with their skirts?

Redundant? (0, Redundant)

d_54321 (446966) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359471)

You guys, seriously, can we maybe get some negative consequences for moderators who have no idea what the fudge they're doing?
How the hell is this redundant?
Offtopic? Maybe. Funny? hell yes.

Redundant: adj, Needlessly wordy or repetitive in expression

IF the parent's comment had been said before _on this page_ AND added nothing new THEN it might be ok to mark it as redundant. ELSE, moderator is a dumbass.

To stupid moderators:
Options for this comment include: Offtopic, Interesting, Flamebait
Options for this comment exclude: Troll, Funny, Redundant

Re:Redundant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359705)

Have you metamoderated recently?

Re:How do you live with yourself? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359660)

What kind of chicks require you to reluctantly attend an opera prior to engaging in sexual relations?

If this is a problem for you, have you considered alternative behaviours? Or perhaps applying your efforts towards alternative populations of chicks?

What can we look forward to? (4, Interesting)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358932)

I've been pimping Firefox since version 0.7 but have recently moved to Opera because Firefox doesn't natively support some things that Opera does:

Native user agent switching
Opera 9's upcoming Acid2 compatibilty
Eye candy and general coolness factors

Can you give us a taste of new, unannounced features we'll see in future versions?

Re:What can we look forward to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359072)

But it is worth to note that Opera does not support XSLT yet.

(Though Firefox' XSLT-implementation is a joke, just as Frefox' CSS2.1-support.)

Re:What can we look forward to? (1)

Mark_Uplanguage (444809) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359137)

I'll agree missing XSLT support is my number one complaint against Opera. It's still the fastest browser around, especially for traversing your link history! But I'd love to see it more extensible the way Firefox is. Little things like iTunes integration with FoxyTunes and ForecastFox are things I constantly use in Firefox and miss in Opera.

So my 2 questions are, when is XSLT support coming? and do you envision opening Opera up for user built extensions.

Monopoly end? (4, Interesting)

Lifewish (724999) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358935)

Does he think that the advent of Firefox et al signals an end to Microsoft dominance of the browser market? If so, does he think this will be good or bad for Opera as a company?

Spyware (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14358936)

Why did you bundle spyware with Opera for all those years? Will you apologize now that people can finally download a spyware-free browser?

Re:Spyware (1)

Khakionion (544166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359169)

Please don't mod this down. I'm sincerely interested in the answer.

Re:Spyware (1)

Miaowara_Tomokato (757775) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359649)

Not sure why you or the parent were modded troll (unless Opera has never bundled anything that could be considered spyware- if so, someone please reply with information); I cannot find anywhere in the instructions stating that all questions must be fluffy softballs. The man is a CEO fergoshsakes, they deal with hard questions all the time. I am positive that the question won't hurt his feelings too badly. And maybe everyone will feel better if he responds rationally to explain the situation.

Most promising platform for the company? (2, Interesting)

brokencomputer (695672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358940)

What is your favorite development platform? Your most promising browser platforms seem to be mobile. What do you plan to do in the future in terms of supporting more platforms (mobile, or other)?

Whether you love or hate Opera (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14358945)

Why would you hate Opera?

And no, this isn't a setup for music jokes.

Re:Whether you love or hate Opera (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358997)

Why would you hate Opera?

Because this is Slashdot where the available options are limited to:

1. Love
2. Hate
3. Cowboy Neal
4. Boobs!



Marketgrowth? (4, Interesting)

sheridan3003 (165213) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358973)

Do you find that the majority of Opera users are on the IT side of things, and if so how do you plan to get more users who are the "typical user", or only use their computer at work for their assigned tasks? Since IE is embedded when they get their new machine out of the box, how are you introducing Opera to users that probably have a limited understanding that they can have a different browser, or even more than one browser on their machine?

What are Opera's goals for 2006 (2, Interesting)

Bob_Villa (926342) | more than 8 years ago | (#14358980)

What do you see happening with your browser in 2006? Are there any exciting new features coming, or are you trying to get your browser bundled with any major PC company (ex: Dell with FireFox in the UK)? Give us a good reason to use Opera in the coming year.

Thanks for your time,

Would you sell to Microsoft? (4, Interesting)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359001)

Recently someone suggested that MS should simply buy Opera as a web browser for Vista. What do you think of that idea? Would you sell?


Re:Would you sell to Microsoft? (-1)

Bellum Aeternus (891584) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359094)

Even if Opera sold, isn't the browser code itself protected by the GPL? Microsoft isn't going to buy what they cannot control because if MS buys Opera, the public still controls the source code - which is the same as having never bought Opera in the first place (from a competition killing stand point, ie M$).

GPL? WTF? (2)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359139)

Why would Opera's code be GPLed? They developed it themselves, and they've never released their source code.

MS Shouldn't Buy (1)

iron-kurton (891451) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359603)

Microsoft would be better off forming an alliance with Opera to bundle it with Vista. In turn, Opera could add some functionality to make it more integrateable into the OS.

There is a lot of anti-Microsoft sentiment in the browser world. I wouldn't trust anything that says Microsoft and Browser in the same sentence. If MS partnered with Opera, I might actually consider using it...

Well okay, maybe not (I still love the 'Fox), but installing 'fox wouldn't become a priority for every single system.

Feature thieves! (5, Interesting)

tehshen (794722) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359005)

Opera has been an innovative browser for some time; it was one of the first to offer popup blocking, tabs (or MDI of some description), sessions, mouse gestures, and so on. However, since then, other browsers have implemented them as well; Firefox has extensions offering mouse gestures and sessions, and popup blocking and tabs are now commonplace.

After offering so many features, would you prefer browsers such as Firefox and IE to come up with their own ideas instead of taking them from other browsers, or prefer the sharing of ideas so the web is better off overall?

Re:Feature thieves! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359062)

Now please stop mixing up the over-hyped so called tabs with the real MDI Opera implements and has been implementing for years already.

Re:Feature thieves! (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359366)

I think Opera's corporate vision [opera.com] statement answers this pretty well, particularly:
We believe in a patent-free Web. Opera Software does not believe innovation in the software industry is protected or encouraged by software patents. In particular, we believe interoperability on the Internet should be encouraged, and we actively work to ensure that software patents do not stand in the way of interoperability.

Re:Feature thieves! (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359531)

How does a web browser not having mouse gestures, for example, affect interoperability? I don't think it does at all. That's one thing they could have patented and licensed out to other companies without affecting internet standards.

Re:Feature thieves! (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359685)

They don't believe in patents at all - they especially disagree with anything that affect interoperability, but not only with what affects interoperability.

I think they always said that they weren't so much competing on features but on the integration of all those features in a complete package. Even though others have copied mouse gestures (a feature Opera was first to put in a web browser, but the idea of which they got from another piece of software), no other browser I've tried offered mouse gestures that worked as smoothly as Opera's, nor do they integrate with the panels and different subapplications in the way that Opera does.

Opera has taken features from other browsers. Other browsers have taken features from Opera. Who wins? The consumers. And unlike many other businesses, Opera ASA doesn't seem to mind that.

NY at Slashdot? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359016)

Where are the Christmas decorations? Hope Slashdot is not being sponsored by China where the NY is offset by a couple of months... :)

Happy New Year all!

Let 2006 be a year of achieving your new goals, projects and expectations. Those of you who already are - keep being productive and creative, others - let it be one of the new goals for the year.

And - don't forget that all of us have a responsibility towards the Earth, whcih has chosen to be our home. Go Hydrogen Fuel Cells!

Happy holidays! :)

North Atlantic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359017)

Hi Jon,

So that North Atlantic swimming thing - were you stupid enough to intend to really swim across or were you just lying all along. You can tell us "Yeah, in corporations we tend to lie a lot. Get used to it". We'll understand. Incidentally, is there anything we CAN trust you about? No, really?


Re:North Atlantic (0, Offtopic)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359163)

Isn't this like insisting on winning the jumbo jet for collecting five billion Pepsi Points or whatever? Some advertising claims are outrageous enough that you can pretty much assume they're exaggerations.

Re:North Atlantic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359235)

So you'd go with "Yeah, in corporations we tend to lie a lot. Get used to it". That's fair enough. This is about individual morality though, just saying that "Hey, I expect Pepsi lie about stuff too" doesn't mean it should be a given that any randomly selected businessman will. They each need to decide their own ethical positions.

Do Pepsi in fact have a history of not honoring offers of jumbo jets? I seem to recall a case where they or someone like them offered a harrier and refused to deliver but I believe restrictions on sales of armaments got them off the hook. I don't see why they wouldn't be required to deliver an item merely because it represents an excellent deal for the consumer. If they offer a passenger plane then they should be expected to deliver.

Good Swimmer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359018)

Are you a good swimmer? [opera.com]
Are you going to try again? :D

Bugger swimming (1)

ncurtain (937487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359341)

I want to thank each and every one of the one million plus people who have downloaded Opera 8 over the last days. I am proud to say that this is the most successful browser launch in the ten-year history of Opera.

I have received numerous requests over the weekend on whether or not I am going to swim to the USA should we reach one million downloads.

Although I blatantly admit that my promise was based more on joy and enthusiasm than my swimming abilities and physical health, I will do my very best to keep it.

I think you should walk.

Integration vs Modularity (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359025)

What can you tell us about the future of Opera in terms of integration with the host OS/environment ? One of the main things that keeps me Operated is the fact that one application covers most of my internet/client needs. I see the native integration-of-all-things as a great advantage over other "suites" of programs like FF/TB. So considering the future, is Opera wanted as a software that only needs a vanilla OS to provide for most peoples' needs, or is modularity (akin to FF's extensions) planned somewhere in the future, with everyone and their cousin adding things that might break the overall sleekness of design ?

AdBlock (4, Interesting)

EverStoned (620906) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359026)

I'm one of the few people who switched from Opera to Firefox. The reason was AdBlock. Why doesn't Opera have a rightclick-blockad feature? Is this simply just a case of the absence of a feature, or rather an expression of your company's policy on internet advertising?

Re:AdBlock (1)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359382)

You can block ads in Opera using the filter.ini file. Just put in URLs, wildcards allowed, and tada! No more ads. Not as elegant as Firefox AdBlock, but it works much the same.

Re:AdBlock (1)

Belisarivs (526071) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359516)

Back when Opera was charging, it was a decision that it would be a bit hypocritical of them to write an ad-block feature while using ads in their free version. That's what was said on the official Opera message boards at any rate. Now that they aren't putting out an ad-supported version, the ethics on the issue may have cleared up on the matter, and perhaps we'll see it as a feature in 9.

Ad block? (4, Interesting)

skyshock21 (764958) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359029)

I've read that the position of Opera was that since it was a commercial browser you guys didn't want to include any adblocking functionality. This is the ONE AND ONLY aspect of Opera that's keeping me from using it as my main browser. Seeing the popularity of Firefox's Ad-Block extension, and now that you're releaseing Opera as a free download, do you plan on incorporating any sort of ad (or other nuisance) blocking module natively into the browser in subsequent releases?

Re:Ad block? (1)

critter_hunter (568942) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359204)

Because if this was implemented as part of the browser, many websites would block Opera outright, and with good reason.

It is possible to do AdBlocking in Opera using URL filtering. See Opera equivalents to Firefox extensions [virtuelvis.com]. There's also a second part [virtuelvis.com]. HTH.

Re:Ad block? (1)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359242)

All the methods to block ads under Opera using methods like css file etc are all fudges at best.

They need some kind of plugin/extension system akin to Firefox's Extension system and (to a much lesser extent) IE's ActiveX.

Re:Ad block? (1)

Control Group (105494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359251)

And then Opera would have to lie to those sites about what browser it is...functionality which it already has, IIRC, for "IE-only" sites.

I don't see this as a big stumbling block.

Now, Opera may not want to piss off various other companies by doing something like this, but that's a different issue entirely.

why not team up with google (2, Interesting)

ShakuniMama (785662) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359032)

I'm just curious to what you think would happen to your comany if you were to merge with Google. I'm guessing with Google's corporate culture, you willl still be able to innovate browser technology like you have been in the past. But the Google tag with your browser will help gain more market share, and promote people coding web pages with W3C compatibility. For the good of all concerened, Opera and Firefox need to be the dominant web browsers in the market. What do you think?

One critical thing missing from Opera... (5, Interesting)

JaguarSavages (558510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359041)

Better extensions/plugins. Firefox has earned great acclaim for its dynamic extension support. Extensions such as Fasterfox, Adblock, Web Developer, and many others are the sole reason people use Firefox over Opera (or any other browser). I know Opera is working to help unify the Netscape plugin API, but the upcoming version 9 doesn't appear to have anything that can match Firefox's extension capabilities. When will we see Opera support plugin/extensions as powerful as Firefox's?

The Reload/Stop button (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359042)

Why did you choose to make the reload button the same as the stop button. Will there be a complete makeover for Opera 9?


Will Opera ever go Open Source? (3, Interesting)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359064)

I like Opera...in fact, I have stopped using Firefox in favor of Opera for reasons mentioned in someone elses question. Would you ever consider going back to charging for the browser, yet making it Open Source, and offering support for the paid version?

Re:Will Opera ever go Open Source? (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359554)

Would you ever consider going back to charging for the browser, yet making it Open Source, and offering support for the paid version?

What would be the point would be of that? I don't think I've ever had a need for a support incident for a web browser. Have you?

Dealing With Idiots? (2, Interesting)

Khakionion (544166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359103)

I'm a bit of a Firefox evangelist, and one of the huge problems I've had is that a vast number of non-technical types don't even understand what a "web browser" is. "Firefox? Uhm, no, I already installed the Internet on my Windows."

The problem is that these people form a large chunk of users, necessary for gaining large market share, but they don't even know that Internet Explorer is different from the Internet. What is Opera doing to get installed on the computers of people with "technology IQs" lower than their ping times? Is market share even a goal to Opera, or would it just be icing on the cake?

And now for something completely different (-1)

carambola5 (456983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359109)

What's your favorite movie? Favorite food? Favorite digital camera? Favorite pen? Feel free to add any other non-software related favorites.

Firefox vs Opera (3, Interesting)

yuretz (934955) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359130)

I'm a happy user of Mozilla Firefox browser on both Linux and Windows. As Opera CEO, can you give me some possible reasons why should I switch to Opera? What advantages or outstanding featues it has, compared to Firefox?

Re:Firefox vs Opera (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359607)

As Opera CEO, can you give me some possible reasons why should I switch to Opera?

Why should a CEO convince you of what features are compelling for you? Read the Opera feature set, learn what other people have written, and come to your own conclusion. Odds are if you expect the CEO to have to convince you, you're probably very young/naive or you're just not the target market.

Picking one browser over another (4, Interesting)

TheJavaGuy (725547) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359148)

In your mind, why have most of the people, who switched to alternative browsers, chosen Firefox over other ones such as Opera.

XML standards? (1)

Hakubi_Washu (594267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359167)

Will Opera continue to expand the inclusion of XML standards such as SVG? Will we see namespace support, SVG full, MathML, XLink, XPath, XSL -FO & T etc.?

Of course, OpenSourcing the beast would be a dream-come-true, since I'm one of those people who prefer compiling their software themselves :-)

x64 Platform (1)

OctoberSky (888619) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359178)

I have been using Windows x64 (don't laugh) for at least 6 months. I use FireFox as my default, but love the speed of Windows Internet Explorer x64 (when pulling things from cache). I have tried FireFox Deer Park (thier x64 browser) and it's nice but seems unfinished.
Are there any plans in the works for a x64 browser from Opera, and if so, is it going to be soley for 64 bit operating systems (like Windows XP x64) or for 64 bit processors (running 32 bit OSes)?

User Note: If there is already an Opera 64bit application, can someone hook me up with a link?

Whats the Deal CSS 3 Support? (1)

bit trollent (824666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359198)

After years of preaching the Gospel of Opera I try to get it to render a page using Transparency porperties present in CSS 3 and to my shock and dismay it didn't work. It either Opaque or clear as far as Opera is concerned. This works in both IE and Firefox! What is going with Opera?

Reference page: http://www.mandarindesign.com/opacity.html [mandarindesign.com]

Will you marry me? (1)

ncurtain (937487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359205)

I am homophobic but even so I feel so much love for you that I think it can overcome all obstacles.

Web developers and Opera "testing" (3, Interesting)

bushboy (112290) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359211)

I've worked in a few high profile companies in the UK who are all very serious about adhering to web standards, checking all designs in internet explorer, firefox and safari, but I've yet to encounter a company who will ensure that Opera renders page layouts correctly.

What level of market share would you say is required by Opera for web developers to ensure their layouts render correctly ?

Re:Web developers and Opera "testing" (1)

bit trollent (824666) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359374)

I do at my company. It is how I discovered Opera's problems with CSS 3 support. See a couple posts above yours.

Probably not prudent for me to say who I work for, but I will say that being hired as a Sr .Net developer less than 2 weeks after graduating College is quite a complement. The fact that this is not an empty job title makes it quite a challenge as well. I do love a good challenge though.

Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359212)

When does Opera plan to implement a "Bookmarks Toolbar"?

Without one Opera is well nigh unusable.

XUL and Firefox extensions (1)

ShadeARG (306487) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359228)

Are there any plans to provide a XUL compatibility layer so Opera can make use of Firefox extensions, XUL applications, etc?

Opera / IM (1)

ledow (319597) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359263)

I am an avid fan of Opera and it's sucked the soul out of my other browsers and even my email/news/IRC/RSS clients to the point where I use nothing else.

However, I still have to have a seperate piece of software for IM (Trillian on Windows, GAIM on Linux). Any plans to extend the IRC support to support major IM protocols and put Trillian out of business?

What kind of widgets will be included in Opera 9? (2, Interesting)

rmccabe916 (939833) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359283)

I have seen a PCWorld article http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,123615,p g,4,00.asp [pcworld.com] claiming Opera 9 will support widgets, however I am unclear on what the magazine means by this. Will they be on the desktop or will they be somewhat like Firefox's extensions? Also, to all of those claiming Opera does not have Adblocking features, try going to this page: http://nontroppo.org/wiki/BlockAdvertisements [nontroppo.org] I suggest using OperaAdFilter (http://www.operaadfilter.com/ [operaadfilter.com]) for the most integration with the browser and for its ease of use.

Future of free version? (3, Interesting)

simetra (155655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359287)

I love Opera and bought it... several years ago, then a recent upgrade. THEN, you made it free!!!

So, that makes me think, maybe you made the PC version free, and are going to concentrate on the mobile versions, which you probably really make money on. Does this mean that the free PC version will stagnate? Or will future versions be built, with fun new features?

Also... how about a new logo? Or maybe a cross-marketing deal with Oprah?


Intellectual Property/Patents (1)

dmt99 (123849) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359289)

Given all of the hoopla about Intellectual Property and Patents, how do you feel about the Open Source Community implementing some of the neat features that Opera has created? If you are eventually bought out by a large company, would your answer change?

Future of the Internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359343)

What will the Internet look like in 5, 10 or 25 years from now?

(And are you still interested in long distance swimming? If so, then we should perhaps meet up for a training schedule.)

an A.C. in search of swimming mate to cross The Channel.

Two questions (3, Interesting)

Psx29 (538840) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359344)

Which web browser(s) do you use and why? and Are there any plans to release the sourcecode now that it's gone 100% free?

Why should I pay for a web browser? (0)

Theatetus (521747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359348)

Why should a pay for a product that has no-cost competitors that are "good enough"?

Re:Why should I pay for a web browser? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359463)

You don't need to pay for opera. It's free and without the banner

My Question (1)

stavromueller (934803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359386)

If you were going to be shot out into the void of space in self-sustaining space capsule and have to float around doing nothing for the next 10 years before you returned to Earth, what brand of hair conditioner would you take?

Ebrary: why we don't use Opera in the library (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359418)

Dear Sir,

I work in a college library. Libraries have a lot of 'online databases' they subscribe to now days; typically several dozen. One week I got bored and tested various browsers against all of our databases that we pay for, and a few that are free.

Opera was not working very well with some of them. And there are certain ones, such as Ebrary's collection of e-books, which use Active-X plugin thingies, that wouldn't work at all.

Thus, we cannot use Opera in the library. It is not that it is a bad browser, it is just that the higher ups have payed thousands of dollars for these databases; some of them are very good databases and contain information important to our library users, but many of them are only designed to work with IE.

Is there any business case for making Opera compatible with all the little twiddles of IE, so that it could work for certain segments of the internet population? Such as, for example, databases of the type that are used in libraries?

I thought of another question! (1)

stavromueller (934803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359434)

This is what I'm sure everybody wants answered:
Have you ever been consciously abducted by extra-terrestrials?

Opera as a platform (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359464)

Are there any plans to use Opera as a platform for creating other applications? I think it would be a great engine for creating desktop to web crossover apps such as JavaScript widgets etc.

Mobile web browsing (1)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359501)

What else in addition to your current mobile browser platform do you believe has to be in place before web browsing on mobile devices can become commonplace?

How do you think each of what you listed is going to unfold?

How to maintain profitablity? (2, Interesting)

Belisarivs (526071) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359551)

Currently, common wisdom says that Opera is being kept profitable by it's market-share in the mobile market. It's probably safe to say, however, that in the future other browsers will try to eat into that market share. Are you planning on trying to stay ahead of the curve and depend on the mobile market for profits, or do you have other markets your trying to make profits in?

Bug tracking, developer tools and HTML/CSS/JS (4, Interesting)

smurfsurf (892933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359568)

1. Opera Bug Tracking System

My experience with Opera's bug tracking system are rather frustrating. I can not check if some bug is already known ( describing a bug and creating a test case is time consuming). Also, I reported some things and never ever got any feedback besides an automatic email. I do not know if Opera considers it a bug, if it is not a bug but an error on my side, if someone works on it, if it was fixed, simply nothing comes back. The Opera BTS is a black hole, and since some time now, I do not feel like making the effort to report bugs.

Do you plan to open up the BTS or at least allow the submitter to view the ticket? Or enhance the feedback?

2. Developer Tools

How about a DOM Inspector (and a Javascript Debugger)? Firefox's DOM Inspector and XMLHttpRequest Monitor are dearly missing in Opera.


Any word on opacity support? On a Richtext Editing component?

Re:Bug tracking, developer tools and HTML/CSS/JS (1)

Tecfreak7 (872806) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359625)

Opera has a javascript debugger, I believe, and richtext editing is coming in Opera 9. As for Opacity, I don't see why that wouldn't be coming along with the other CSS3 stuff that will be supported in Opera 9.

Ah yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14359579)

Why does your browser suck?

I always wondered... (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14359636)

Is Opera (the company) planning to diversify into other products, or the Opera browser will continue to be your only one? Opera is a terrific browser, don't get me wrong, but the browser market is very hard to break even in.
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