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Open source the opera classic code

  • Why doesn't Opera open source it Opera Classic code? Many classic users like the classic version better but have to fear security issues with the classic browser, without updates.

  • Why should any company give away for free anything it has spent past effort and money developing, simply in order for somebody else to use it to compete with the company's current offerings?

  • It's called "entitlement" and I see it everywhere I go. Give me... give me... give me...

  • Well, if the new browser would be really better then the classic one it would not be any competition, right?

  • The fact that there are umpteen browsers out there, some of them quite old (eg: Off-By-One), indicates that there's no universal definition of "really better". No matter what the range of feature selections or performance tradeoffs in a product, there will always be customers who would prefer it if the feature/performance elements were re-balanced in some different direction, and who might migrate in that direction if the opportunity (and competitor) arose. But a company is under no obligation to aid any kind of migration away from their current or future products.

    Also consider that almost no company creating and selling products freely gives away the recipe for their discontinued products, if they wish to remain profitable. That doesn't mean the newer products aren't better than the old ones. It simply means there's no business gain in freely giving away proprietary ideas, concepts, and techniques for solving product design challenges - particularly if that give-away can help a competitor gain a foothold into the marketplace.

    Your 'logic' remains overshadowed by the simple reality that Opera's code is theirs to do with as they see fit, for reasons that matter to them. You have no legal or moral claim to it, any more than I have claim to your house, car, or the products of your labor - no matter how long ago you may have obtained or created them.

  • Are you working for Opera?

  • There are still products running Presto code around the world and releasing the source code would bring (security) problems to those products.

    Also, contractual restrictions may prevent the release. I guess the partners that paid to include Opera in their products may not like to see Presto's code released.

    If Presto's code is to be released, it will be in a far future.

  • Are you working for Opera?

    If you're asking me (since you didn't personally direct your comment), the answer is "no". Most folks who post here in these forums are not 'working for Opera'. And, of course, none of that has anything to do with the reality of what I wrote earlier.

  • The time for mourning has already passed. I though we were all over it. Presto will not become open source in any foreseeable future, but Vivaldi is in development and the most important parts, except for mail, are already there. It's already much more useful than this new "Opera" is now or will ever be (its devs are not planning on making it useful), so, yeah, move on, buddy.