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The one million download challenge of Opera 8: Opera's CEO will swim from Norway to the USA

April 21, 2005

An overly excited Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software, today proclaimed at an internal company meeting that if the download numbers of the new Opera 8 Web browser reach 1 million within the first four days of the launch, he would swim from Norway to the USA.

Opera’s new Web browser, Opera 8, was released Tuesday, and the massive response had Opera’s download servers kneeling an hour after the launch. Opera recorded more than 600,000 downloads within the first 48 hours, including 10,000 in the first 30 minutes.

“A lot of people had great difficulties downloading Opera 8 on Tuesday because the traffic on the servers was simply too high,” says Carsten Fischer, VP Desktop, Opera Software. “When download numbers reached 120 per second one hour after the release, our servers had serious problems dealing with all the requests. We had prepared for heavy traffic, but this exceeded our wildest dreams.”

Opera has now installed additional servers with increased capacity, and it was the download counter showing 600,000 downloads in 48 hours that sparked Mr Tetzschner’s enthusiasm. For some time during the first 24 hours the download counter stopped working, so it’s unclear if this number includes an estimate as well.

“I am not sure he realizes how cold the Norwegian Sea is in April,” says Anne Stavnes, Human Resource Manager, Opera Software. “However, having seen Jon in his red beach attire before, I am not sure if swimming to the USA is scarier than exposing people to this sight.”

Von Tetzchner will make only one stopover for a cup of hot chocolate at his mother’s house in his home country, Iceland.

The challenge will end on Saturday at 9:00 AM CET, the weekend the download figures will be revealed on Monday.

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  1. April 21, 2005 at 6:45 pm

    Even if he manages to swim from Norway to USA, the American Customs and Immigration service won’t let him in and he’ll have to swim back.

  2. Anonymous
    April 22, 2005 at 1:07 pm

    He’ll probably “swim” on a cruise ship from Norway to the US. Swim in the ship’s pool, that is.

  3. April 23, 2005 at 6:32 pm

    ” He’ll probably “swim” on a cruise ship from Norway to the US. Swim in the ship’s pool, that is.”

    Yeah, that’s probably it. I knew he must be able to live up to his promise somehow, I just hadn’t figured out quite how…

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