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Revealed: Sun Microsystems wanted to buy Opera

February 10, 2005

Back in 1996 Sun Microsystems made an offer to buy Opera for about £9 million ($16.8 million US).

In response to an inquiry of whether Opera has been approached by other companies to purchase the company, an Opera spokesman told Opera Watch “we have been approached by major companies but Opera’s CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, has always declined the offers, no matter the dollar size, and maintained his commitment to offering the best Internet experience to everyone on any device.”

In 1996 the Opera browser was still at version 2.

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  1. February 11, 2005 at 12:00 am

    What’s the point to mentioning it? Sun has lost interest in Opera for 9 years? 😛

  2. Anonymous
    February 12, 2005 at 2:35 pm

    Have you seen Hakon Lie’s open letter to Bill G?

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/11/hakon_on_ms_interroperability/

    Sorry it’s off topic, but the link to e-mail you contributions doesn’t work.

  3. Anonymous
    February 17, 2005 at 9:52 am

    I knew nothing of this, but I’m not surprised. Should it be more than one company’s ambition exprees interest for Opera.

    I knew nothing of this and this information deals with hopes and fears.

    Hopes of independancy, for Opera but also on a larger scale. Independancy is the only alternative to monopoly. Obviously. So obviously that it requires strength and determination.

    Fears, pending. Is there a fatality to eat smaller than oneself, to be swallowed by bigger. Is it a necessity to eat in order not to be eaten? Time will tell.

    Archy

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