Opera updates in Vista/XP?

  • When using Opera in Windows Vista, how does one know if they're getting the security updates (as explained here) even though the program isn't being updated in the other areas and the version number isn't changing?
    Please advise.
    Thank you.

  • Most probably the build number will change when an update is installed.

  • That's what I would guess too.
    The current latest build of Opera 36 is 75, and that number will change but nothing else in future.
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  • Thank you.

    In how long would you expect the "2130.75" number to change, and security updates to be installed?

  • It happens when it happens.

  • How often is that?

  • LOL!
    I would guess it won't be very often, as it will only be major security vulnerabilities that will be addressed, or any major browser stability problems that are discovered.
    It certainly won't include any browsing enhancements or new browser facilities.
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  • How often is that?

    There's no way to know at the moment. Maybe when a few ones had been released, we will be able to estimate a frequency.

    I would guess that it won't happen before a new stable version release.
    Also, it may depends on how many are the security fixes, their severity, how easy or not is to backport them and so on.

  • DaveHawley post said:

    "That's what I would guess too.
    The current latest build of Opera 36 is 75, and that number will change but nothing else in future."

    Checking all sources for Opera shows that the latest release of v36 is Opera 36.0.2130.65
    Released: 12 Apr 2016 (5 weeks ago).

    That's also what I have on my Vista-32 system and I check for updates daily.

  • Checking all sources for Opera shows that the latest release of v36 is Opera 36.0.2130.65
    Released: 12 Apr 2016

    For XP/Vista the latest version should be 36.0.2130.75.

    That's also what I have on my Vista-32 system and I check for updates daily.

    Try running the installer.

  • Opera 36.0.2130.75, dated 26th April 2016, is available to download here.
    I had to update to that version manually as it wasn't offered to me via the normal update process either.
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  • Now the question is, in the area of security (not features or enhancements) is using Opera 36 on Vista with the latest security updates (assuming one's receiving them) as safe as using the actual latest version of Opera (whatever number it is for the later versions of Windows)?

  • in the area of security (not features or enhancements) is using Opera 36 on Vista with the latest security updates (assuming one's receiving them) as safe as using the actual latest version of Opera (whatever number it is for the later versions of Windows)?

    I guess it will never br as it most probably will always be a few steps behind when compared to the latest version on a supported OS.

  • Asking if running Opera 36 on Vista is safe is like asking if the seatbelts in your car made of Papier-mΓ’chΓ© is safe. If you get hit by something it wont matter. Vista has been superseded not once, not twice, but three times. Its a ten year old operating system. Thats ancient in the computer world. It stopped getting priority testing and updates years ago. Whether Opera is completely up to date or not is not your most pressing concern. If updates were a major concern you should have upgraded your OS a few years ago.

  • Any updates that would require major changes to Chromium will not be made by Opera. If Chrome is supporting Vista (and XP) then Opera will, but Opera simply can't backport major changes from the current version to 36. Anything that can be done with a simple patch, sure, and changes to Opera's proprietary code, but anything more is not something they could do.

  • At least Vista is still getting official security patches from Microsoft, and will for around another year IIRC.
    XP is only being patched for those who are spoofing that it's POSReady 2009, and those updates should last until 2019!
    It will be interesting to see just how up to date with security patches Opera can keep Opera 36 going forward.
    As you say, any patches that involve major changes in the Chromium engine will not be possible I suspect.
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  • My antivirus downloads and installs Windows updates on my XP machine, no need for me to modify the registry.

  • Off topic, but that's very interesting!
    Can you say which program that is?
    I've never heard about that anywhere else.
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  • I'd have to look - I don't use that machine much. Either AVG, Avast or Avira, I have different free antivirus on each machine but forget which has which. When I do get on that machine I see it download Windows updates, so I know it (the antivirus) does. One of those "they all should" (but probably don't) things - how can they claim your machine is secure if they aren't installing updates to it?

  • Should we start a lounge topic on "Live Long Windows XP" or something like that? Seems pretty interesting. πŸ˜‰

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