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Opera 8.0 Beta 1 for Linux Released

January 5, 2005

Opera Software has released the much awaited beta version of its next browser for the Linux platform. Opera has yet to reveal the name of their newest browser version, but have named this release Opera 8.0 Beta 1.

“We were preparing for the 7.60 release, but as work progressed and we kept adding improvements and functionality, it became very evident that we now have a browser that is so powerful, secure, and easy to use that it exceeds the next logical version number and warrants a major release,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.

Among the changes to the new version is support for XMLHttpRequest; Gmail Web mail is fully supported now, automated weekly check for updated versions, notification of blocked pop-ups (which may be annoying at times), “Fit to window width” that removes the need for horizontal scrolling, and a clickable RSS icon will appear in the address bar on sites that offer RSS feeds so you don’t have to look around for the link.

The changes in the linux version are very similar to the Windows one; see the earlier post on Opera 8.0 beta 1 for Windows for a more complete list of the changes. The Opera changelog can be found here.

The beta version of Opera’s newest browser is available as a free download. The final version of the browser is scheduled for release with its full name in early 2005. Users who have licensed versions of Opera 7 will receive free upgrades to the new version.

(Updated Jan 6 2005)

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