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Universities and others benefit from Opera's paid support

Last week I blogged about whether people still use Opera’s paid support for the desktop browser when there’s so much free help available in the Opera Forums.

Ben Buchanan, an Opera user, mentioned (in the comments) his experience on getting his university to install Opera on their computers in the student lab. “To get a new bit of software installed in a large scale computing environment, you have to prove that it can and will be supported.”

Here’s what Ben wrote (edited for clarity):

I used to work at a university and was successful in getting Opera installed in all the student computer lab machines (and made available to staff on request). To get a new piece of software installed in a large scale computing environment you have to prove that it can and will be supported.

At the time, Opera was free for universities but not the world; so there was a “priority support” deal that universities could sign up to. That, plus the bailout option of being able to buy support actually made the product more attractive to the execs making the decisions. Essentially, large organizations actually want to be able to pay for support – since they don’t want to rely on “goodwill” support like forums.

It’s a reasonable concern – the tech support crew doesn’t want to be lumped with an unsupported product and hundreds of students asking for help. They’ve got to be able to get support quickly if they need it.

The other big thing was Opera moving to an MSI installer – man did the techs grumble about the previous non-MSI version. Again, quite a reasonable issue, since MSI installers were infinitely easier for them to roll out.

Opera does offer paid support, which should, in theory, make it more attractive for large organizations to install rather than Firefox (which doesn’t offer any paid support).

Are you a student in school? Have you tried getting Opera installed on your school’s computers? Help others realize the Opera-browsing experience too!

Categories: Desktop

10 years of SSL in Opera

April 30, 2007 4 comments

April 30th, 1997 was the first time Opera’s SSL implementation completed a full transaction.

Opera’s Yngve Pettersen (who is one of the first Opera employees) just blogged about some of the technical aspects of implementing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support in the Opera browser. SSL, in short, is the means which provide the secure communications over the Internet.

In addition to the history on Opera’s support of SSL, Yngve also explains the future of Opera’s SSL/Transport Layer Security (TLS) implementation.

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Categories: Desktop, Security, Standards

How to duplicate (clone) a tab with its browsing history in Opera?

April 26, 2007 16 comments

One of the neat tab features of the Opera browser that I use every so often is duplicating tabs. It comes in useful when you want to go back in the tab’s history, while staying on the same page.

What does it mean to “duplicate” a tab?
Opera clones the current tab with its browsing history, and still allowing you use the “Back” button in the cloned tab.

How to duplicate a tab in Opera?
Opera offers three methods for duplicating tabs (that I’m aware of)

  1. Right-click on the tab in the tab bar, and click on “Duplicate” (see screenshot below).
  2. Using Opera’s popular Mouse Gestures, hold down the right mouse button while moving down and then up then release the mouse button.
  3. Using your keyboard press the following buttons together: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+N. It’s kind of a long keyboard shortcut, but it works. 🙂

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Duplicating a tab in Opera

Categories: Desktop, Opera Tips

How to edit advanced settings in the Opera browser?

April 19, 2007 10 comments

Opera already gives you quick access to editing advanced settings of the browser by going to Tools > Preferences > Advanced… in the menu bar. However, Opera provides a more powerful option to tweak and configure the browser.

Simply type into the address bar: opera:config

For a guide on all the available tweaks, see this help page.

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Opera’s advanced preference editor

Categories: Desktop

Opera is already seeing fruit from the Wii browser in other areas

April 13, 2007 9 comments

With the much anticipated launch of the Opera-powered Wii browser yesterday, Opera is seeing a positive effect in other areas too, namely with desktop browser downloads and the Opera Community site.

Through Opera’s new Wii browser portal, Wii gamers could easily access the My Opera community site, which resulted yesterday in an all time record high of new account signups for a single day. The MyOpera community site is a place where users can host (for free) blogs, photos, and forums, making the Wii a good place for them to showcase their work.

Another new record for Opera yesterday was with downloads of the desktop browser. According to internal figures I’ve seen, a new record was set yesterday for the number of downloads of the desktop browser on the My Opera community site. There’s a small section on the My Opera site which encourages users to download Opera.

That makes two records in one day. Go Opera!

Opera on Digg

April 11, 2007 5 comments

A couple articles about Opera made it to the coveted Digg homepage today. The first one linked to one of my posts about Opera having the most satisfied users (thanks Billmania); the other was about the Opera 9.2 release, which linked to the Desktop Team blog.

As you could see from the screenshots below, these two articles are currently two of the top 10 most popular articles in the “technology” category.

It’s great to see Opera users get the word out on Opera through Digg and other social sites. It’s especially great to see Opera users speak up in the comments to the Digg posts.

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Image: Opera on Digg

Download Opera 9.2 using BitTorrent

April 11, 2007 7 comments

The newly released Opera 9.2 is also available for download using BitTorrent. Opera, of course, comes with a built-in torrent client.

Torrent links for Opera 9.2
Windows – English
Windows – International
Mac – All

Categories: Desktop