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LinuxWorld: Opera Shows Graceful, Humorous Response to Microsoft Blunder

Feb 25, 2003, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

[ Thanks to Joe Barr for this link. ]

"I recently downloaded the first beta of Opera 7.0 for Linux and gave it a whirl. I'm going to briefly recount my installation and usage experience with the beta, but this is in no way a review of the Opera browser, beta or otherwise. I'm simply using the beta as an icebreaker, an excuse to voice my opinions on recent happenings in the latest episodes of the Browser Wars. In blunt language, I'll launch into a rant against the latest machinations of the malignant monopoly.

"The Linux version of Opera 7.0 lags behind the release of the Windows version of the popular multi-platform browser, but not by much. The final version of Opera 7.0 for Windows was released at the end of January. The first beta for Linux followed approximately two weeks later, on Valentine's Day. The Linux beta comes before a 7.0 beta for any of the other platforms supported by Opera. That includes the Macintosh, OS/2, Solaris, FreeBSD, and others.

"I selected the static RPM version of the beta for download. A document is provided on the FTP site to help you select the correct version for your environment. I immediately ran into problems in the installation. The beta insisted on me having lib.Xm.so.2 installed. I tried to fool it with a symbolic link to lib.Xm.so.3, but it wasn't buying my lie. I got around the problem by installing openmotif21-2.1.30-7, which thoughtfully provides the needed library..."

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