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Opera 6.0 for Linux Technology Preview Released

Nov 26, 2001, 16:52 (20 Talkback[s])

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OSLO, Norway - Nov. 26, 2001 - Opera Software ASA today released Opera 6.0 for Linux Technology Preview 1 (TP) with new and exciting features, including the ability to display non-Roman characters, a completely new and customizable user interface, as well as a range of different improvements that increases the speed and enjoyment of Linux users' browsing sessions.

Opera 6.0 for Linux builds upon the features and looks recently unveiled for Opera 6.0 for Windows Beta 1, while adding Linux-specific features to provide the fastest and best Internet experience for Linux users. The browser opens up the Eastern European and Asian region to browser competition by letting users in these regions display their local languages in the Web browser.

"Opera 6.0 for Windows has been met with a tremendous reception, and we are very pleased to offer Linux users all over the globe a better Internet experience as well," says Dean Kakridas, VP Desktop Products. "With this release we continue our commitment to true cross-platform development, making Opera the best choice for corporations and institutions that work on several platforms."

A technology preview is a term for a publicly released alpha version where bugs and crashes can be expected.

New features in Opera 6.0 Technology Preview 1 for Linux:

New look
Opera has a new default button set, skin and panels. You can change to classic Opera look or your own under Preferences > Browser layout. Find more buttons, skins and panels at my.opera.com/.

Hotclick
Double-click a word or right-click a selected phrase and display a pop-up menu full of powerful features such as search, encyclopedia look-up, and translation.

Panels
Users can place their favorite Web pages in panels that are displayed in the Hotlist during their browsing session. Web pages for panels have to be optimized to the Hotlist size. Panels are available at my.opera.com/.

Personal Bar
Organize and personalize your favorite bookmarks and searches in one place.

Bookmarks
Search bookmarks or sort them by title, date created, when visited or customize your own ordering.

Bookmark management
Easily move your bookmarks around. Drag bookmarks to folders and the personal bar. Drag a bookmark, a window or the windowbar to the Opera workspace, and Opera opens the bookmark url.

Import/Export [some exclusive to Linux]
You can import and export bookmarks, contact lists, window setup files and pages.

Gestures [some exclusive to Linux]
Most the mouse gestures found with the Windows version are included, and some Linux-specific gestures such as middle-click on the windowbar to open clipboard url in new window have been added.

Cookies Management[exclusive to Linux]
With the new cookie editor you can manage your cookies.

E-mail [exclusive to Linux]
Advanced mail-to links often include subject and body. With Opera's new and more advanced invoking of an external e-mail client such links now work perfectly.

Quick Preferences [F12]
Now you have quick access to some of the most frequently used preferences.

Unicode
For the first time, Opera supports the Unicode Worldwide Character Set, making Opera available in local languages for the Asian/Pacific and Eastern European regions.

Improved window handling
Switch easily between document windows with the new keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Tab.

Contact List
Keep information about friends and colleagues in the new contact list. Visit their Web pages, or with the use of an external e-mail client, send an e-mail to your contacts.

Plug-in support
The Opera plug-in support is improved. Most Netscape plug-ins are supported. Macromedia Flash, Acrobat Reader, Real Player, Java, Plugger, TCL 2.0, Codeweaver Crossover (Apple Quicktime) have been tested.

Tip of the day
Find a variety of smart and useful tips in the new "Tip of the day" dialog.

Help files
New help files, completely rewritten and improved.

Help window
Read the help documentation in its own window with useful buttons.

Standards-Compliance
Opera continues its commitment to the standards as laid out by the W3C. Opera 6.0 for Linux supports the following technologies: 128-bit encryption, TLS 1.0, SSL 2 and 3, CSS1 and partial CSS2, XML, HTML 4.01, HTTP 1.1, ECMAScript, JavaScript 1.3, WAP/WML and partial support for DOM.