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Opera.com: Opera Launches Opera 6.0 for Linux Beta 1

Feb 26, 2002, 15:57 (33 Talkback[s])
Oslo, Norway -- February 26, 2002-Opera Software ASA today
unleashed Opera 6.0 for Linux Beta 1 with a wide range of
speed-boosting functions and exclusive features only
available to Linux users. The earlier version of the Opera
for Linux browser, Opera 5 for Linux, has already been
downloaded and installed a record one million times.

"Opera 5.0 for Linux has been incredibly popular among our
Linux desktop users, and we are very happy to see that one
million have downloaded and installed Opera," says Dean
Kakridas, VP Desktop Products, Opera Software ASA. "There
is clearly a demand for a better Internet experience in
the Linux community."

In addition to greater speed and ease of use, Opera for
the first time displays non-Roman alphabets for Linux
users, opening up the local markets in the Asia/Pacific
and Eastern European region to true browser competition.

"We have seen a great interest in Opera for Linux in the
Asian and Eastern European markets," says Dean Kakridas,
VP Desktop Products, Opera Software ASA, "and we are very
happy to finally be able to meet this demand with a
faster, accessible and more flexible browser that
integrates seamlessly into the Linux environment."

Opera 6.01 for Linux Beta 1 is available immediately from
www.opera.com.

New features in Opera 6.0 for Linux Beta 1

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

Cookie Management
Manage your cookies with the new cookie editor. [exclusive]

Mouse Gestures
Perform almost any operation with mouse gestures such as
the ones found in Opera 6.0 for Windows, as well as some
Linux-specific mouse gestures like the middle-click on
windowbar to open clipboard URL in new window. [some
exclusive]

Help window
You can now read the help documentation in its own window
with useful buttons.

Import
You can import bookmarks, contact lists, window setup
files and pages. [partly exclusive]

Bookmark import
Kde1/Kde2 paths and Kde2 XML Netscape/Mozilla Path [partly
exclusive]

Bookmark management
Easily move bookmarks around. Drag bookmarks to folders
and the Personal Bar. When dragging bookmarks to te Opera
workspace, a window or the windowbar Opera will go to the
bookmark URL.

Quick Preferences F12
Quick access to some of the most frequently changed
preferences.

E-mail links
Advanced mailto 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. [exclusive]

Plug-in support
Improved Opera plug-in support. Most Netscape plug-ins are
supported such as Macromedia Flash, Acrobat Reader, Real
Player, Java, Plugger, TCL 2.0, Codeweaver Crossover
(Apple Quicktime).

New look
Opera has a new default button set, skin and panels.
Change to classic Opera look or set 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.

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.

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.

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 when
users have the correct fonts installed.

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

Keyboard shortcuts
New shortcuts to speed up your surfing.

Help files
New help files, completely rewritten and improved. If you
are running Opera 6.0, press F1 to see them now.

Opera 6 for Linux Download Site