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Screenshots of the very first public version of Opera, called MultiTorg Opera

February 23, 2007

MultiTorg Opera. Yup, that used to be the name of the Opera browser.

I just read the initial overview of the first version of Opera again that was written by none other than the current Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. He and the other co-founder of the company were first two programmers of the Opera browser. I found it interesting that even in the beginning Jon’s idea about the Opera browser was for it to be fast and standards compliant. That’s still very much the case now.

“The aim was to make a lean program that works fast and supports standards without introducing proprietary extensions.”

The Opera CEO will be on next Thursday’s Opera chat. You don’t want to miss that.

Below are some screenshots of the browser back from 1995 (Opera has been around for a long time, more than 11 years).

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  1. February 23, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Opera should release Multitorg opera to the fans.

  2. Tyler
    February 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    I also think they should release it. I oldest I’ve used was Opera 3.

  3. February 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Legend has it that upon completing the first version of MultiTorg, Jon von Tetzchner immediately drove over to show his friend, a scientist who was at the time working in a chemistry lab.

    As he inserted the 3.5 floppy into the “Chem-master-3000” computer, he knocked over a Bunsen burner containing 2oz. of hydrochloric acid directly onto the floppy disk. Worried, but eager to share his invention, young JvT inserted the disk anyway and fired it up.

    With great excitment, his friend exclaimed “well… helloooo world!” with a large grin on his face.

    Of course, the Chemistry standard for indicating the amount of resistence an item can take is to abbreviate by oz. the resistence- in this case Acid 2 (for 2oz. of hydrochloric acid) making MultiTorg Opera the very first Acid 2 compliant browser, and which led to the smiling “hello world!” page we all use today as a litmus for compliance.

    True story… look it up on snopes.

  4. Kc4
    February 23, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    They most definately should. Then I can use Opera in Windows 3.11 as well as 05, or Xp

  5. Kc4
    February 23, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    *95 not 05

  6. February 24, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Prety good times back on 1995.
    Unfortunatelly I was not an Opera user yet, I discovered it with version 2, and becamed my regular browser with 3.5.

  7. February 25, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Eddie, funny…

  8. Kx4
    February 26, 2007 at 1:16 am

    We tried using various win3.x browsers and Opera 3 came out the best… unfortunetly that version came out before Opera got rid of the expiry (version 5)

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