Opera beta for linux available

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From: Håkon Wium Lie (howcome@opera.com)
Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 09:41:35 PDT

October 5, 2000 - Opera Software today released a Beta version of
Opera 4.0 for Linux, bringing the best browser alternative for Linux one
step closer to a final release. Bringing the browser from Technical Preview
to Beta, means that the Internet community now have the opportunity to
interact and assist Opera in providing Linux users with the best possible
Internet experience.

Opera 4.0 for Linux is part of Opera Software's ambitious project to
port its popular Opera browser to the most popular platforms in the
market. "Opera 4.0 for Linux has now reached a stage where we reach
out and invite the Linux community to participate in the development
of the browser even more closely than before," says Hakon W. Lie,
Chief Technology Officer, Opera Software. "This is a great release,
and with the help of Linux aficionados everywhere a final release will
come faster, be stronger, and result in a browser that Linux users can
identify with," he ends.

Opera for Linux 4.0 has the following features:

  Support for plug-ins
  128 bit encryption
  TLS 1.0
  SSL 2/3
  CSS1 and 2
  HTML 4.0
  HTTP 1.1
  JavaScript 1.3

Opera has until now been known as "the third browser" on Windows. It has
achieved this position with limited expenditures on marketing, only relying
on enthusiastic users and journalists spreading the word. Opera's small
size, low resource consumption and support for standards positions it as a
major contender in the rapidly expanding Internet device market. In the
last year the company has raised capital, and added personnel in marketing,
sales, and R&D. Apart from Linux and Windows, Opera also develops browsers
for EPOC, Mac, and BeOS platforms.

Opera Software AS is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers
for the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has received
international recognition from end-users and the industry press for being
faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera
Software AS is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com

Pal Hvistendahl, Communications Manager, +47 99 72 4331

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