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With the end of workable Opera.

  • I was wondering if there is any group/leverage around that might be able to persuade Opera Software to release the source code to Opera/Presto engine? Is it even possible, ie: all/part owned by other companies?

    I will not be replacing my existing Opera with one running on Chromium/Blink, which leaves me to wonder about my future browsing. For now Opera (10.10 my personal fav/most functional) is still working for the most part, but nothing else available seems to come close performance/resource wise for a heavy use(+-40 Browser tabs/pages). Perhaps theres a community to takeover Presto and keep it running most things indefinably. It would be far more secure since it would be in the minority and exploit writers wouldn't likely bother.

    I wonder if an executive at Opera got a briefcase full of cash to switch to Chromium or what? Your thoughts? I just don't understand why opera would handover their independence only to become a graphical shell for Chrome(ie: closing up shop).

    Cheers :(

  • Please search before posting, and post in the right forum:

    Open Source the Presto Engine

  • What has this thread to do with seeking help for your browser? Opera ASA is not going to release the Presto code. It's their intellectual property and is still used in some of their products. The few opinions you receive here will mean absolutely nothing. The truth is, Opera devs seldom read this section of the forums anyway and a thread like this (which has been repeated at least a half dozen times now) would simply get a pass.

  • Ah, I had hoped it would be one more nudge to someone with some pull at opera. I am so disappointed with opera browser new direction I wanted to say something, vs a locked post with cursing up the wazoo. Perhaps a discussion of the actual employee(s) and their motivations to recommending the change? Something surely is fishy going on?

  • Originally posted by ostmpeace:

    Perhaps a discussion of the actual employee(s) and their motivations to recommending the change? Something surely is fishy going on?

    I wouldn't recommend it. Attacks on Employees.

    Join Vivaldi.net if you want to discuss Opera outside of the Opera forums, and get an email account to replace the one that you will soon lose @myopera.com.

  • Suppose so, though I didn't mean it as an attack, more of a curiosity, see who was 'transfered'/hired at competitors and follow the influence/money.

    Like when MS is about to buy a company one of their executives gets hired on before the sale is official. Silent vetting

    just sad to see the most promising 'user control' browser sellout/giveup.Guess the alternatives in development stand a chance, but I doubt compatibility/speed/resources will ever be met quite as well as opera has done in the past.

  • Originally posted by ostmpeace:

    Ah, I had hoped it would be one more nudge to someone with some pull at opera. I am so disappointed with opera browser new direction I wanted to say something, vs a locked post with cursing up the wazoo. Perhaps a discussion of the actual employee(s) and their motivations to recommending the change? Something surely is fishy going on?

    Those with "pull" at Opera were the ones making the decision to pursue the Blink rendering engine instead of Presto. As such, it's a done deal. With companies of this size, there's no turning back after so much retooling and reorganization has been done - and especially a year later. Moreover, there is utterly no financial motivation to release into the public domain the same Presto code they spent much time and money developing, only to see it perhaps embedded into a competing product in the marketplace. Opera ASA is a for-profit organization, responsible to its owners (the stockholders) for a return on their investment. Agree with Opera's decisions or not, the users of a free browser ultimately have no leverage in Opera's decisions. Whether or not the decisions turn out to be wise is yet to be seen... certainly we all have our own opinions. But our opinions have no material relevance at this point, unless we're also stockholders.

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