Just found out today about the removed support for Linux. I was actually wondering for some time why there wasn't a single update. Then today a college of mine told me. I went on the homepage of Opera, went to the download section and compared the last versions there for both Windows and Linux. Imagine my surprise, when I discovered that there is version 19 for Windows and Linux was stuck at 12.16. This is what I'd call a pile of ... . As for the comments that I've read that Linux is not a big enough market I can only ask: what's the market share of Opera overall?! It's definitely far behind IE, Firefox, Chrome and even Safari if I'm not mistaken. So cutting off a whole OS because of "not big enough" is a feeble excuse (besides Linux gets more and more popular with each and every day and the experiments M$ did with Win8 were almost as bad as Vista with the difference that it wasn't as broken as the second since it was based on Win7).
@Bill-P: integrated IRC client, mail client (including an address book), torrent support in the download manager, great integrated feedreader (it's been there for many years and many other browser that include such thing took Opera's example) etc. etc. Chromium is good and I use it as a second browser but feature-wise it is not as good as Opera. And for heaven's sake - the proxy-settings in Chromium are ridiculous. Even if you look at Firefox the user has the ability to configure the browser to use a proxy. In Chromium you have to change the proxy settings of your whole OS in order to use it, which for obvious reasons is a terrible design decision. Yes, there is probably some kind of an add-on that adds this feature (Firefox has it's Foxyproxy extension for switching easily between multiple proxies) but when such basic stuff is missing I do ask my self: "Wth?!". Opera is for user's who want to have many things at once and not a barebone that lacks on basic functionality and has to be geared up. As I said - I like Chromium and it definitely has it's strengths but I choose Opera over Chromium.