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Opera Teams With SuSE, Releases Opera 6.02 for Linux

Jul 03, 2002, 16:00 (8 Talkback[s])

Today Opera Software ASA has made two related announcements regarding its browser client and Linux.

First, the company announced that SuSE will distribute the Opera for Linux Web browser in their Linux distribution. The deal is Opera's first major Linux distribution agreement.

"Being included in Linux distributions opens new doors for Opera," says Dean Kakridas, VP desktop products, Opera Software ASA. "Distribution from the operating system itself will put our browser readily available for everyone, exposing thousands of users to a unique Internet experience."

Opera is available in SuSE Linux 8.0.

On the heels of that announcement came word from the company of a public release of Opera 6.02 for Linux.

The new version includes important fixes to the document and user interface, with special emphasis on the display of Asian characters, making this an important upgrade for Linux users all over the world.

Opera 6 opened up Asian markets to Opera, because of its added ability to display non- Western characters, and the Linux version has proved to be especially popular in this region.

The release of the Linux version of the product is an important part of Opera's self-described Linux Bonanza Week, where the company is announcing a series of deals and partnerships with key industry leaders in the Linux segment, on many different devices (both embedded and desktop).

On Monday, it was announced that Opera had been chosen for i3Micro's exciting new set- top box, the Mood box. The same day, Opera and Redflag announced the first embedded Asian deal for Opera. Then there are today's announcments, with Opera Software hinting that the week is not over yet.

Opera 6.02 for Linux is available for free in a ad-supported version at www.opera.com. Users can purchase a banner-free version for $39 US.

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