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No-Charge Opera for Linux Now Available

Feb 10, 2001, 00:23 (53 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

By Dennis E. Powell, LinuxPlanet

Linux users who favor the Opera web browser no longer have to click an expiration nag screen at startup, with the release of Opera 5.0 beta 6 for Linux.

Today's release is the first that does not expire 30 days after download -- and the first Linux version that is supported by advertising banners. An ad-free version is available for $39.

It also is a nomenclature jump for Opera on Linux. The previous beta was 4.0 beta 5. But the Opera web page suggests that the new Linux version is not considered a beta, as were the previous Linux offerings. Gone are the "what works" and "what doesn't work yet" listings, replaced by a listing of new features in Opera 5.0. Among them:

  • Keyboard and mouse functions, including Ctrl-Backspace, which replaces the current URL with the selected text and a middle click opening the selected URL in a new window.
  • Greater javascript support.
  • Improved font handling, printing, and print preview.

The advertising banner in the free version appears in the upper right corner of the browser frame, in an extension of the toolbar outside the page being viewed.

Built with the QT-2.2 toolkit, the new Opera for Linux can be downloaded in both dynamically linked versions (for those who have KDE2) and statically linked, in binary tarball, .deb, and .rpm for Linux X86 and tarball and .rpm for PPC. Source is not available.

Opera 5.0 bets 6 for Linux can be downloaded from www.opera.com/linux

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