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Opera going free

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September 20, 2005 10:42 AM PST

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Looks like Opera is going free. No ads no fee. So I guess you don't have to feel so bad about missing 'free' day last August. So I wonder how they are going to make their money? I already regularly use 3 browsers (depending on my location and mood??), should I pick up a 4th?


Comments (7)
J, September 20, 2005 04:16 PM:

I actually was going to post on the free day but didn't get around to it. I got a code, but haven't used it yet. I'm going to try Opera because Firefox is such a memory hog. My main requirement for Opera is that it have good RSS support, since I'm so used to RSS feeds in Firefox. If Opera is tight, I may take a look at using their email client for a fee. Thunderbird and Outlook both have bugs I encounter on a fairly regular basis.

John, September 23, 2005 01:58 AM:

So apparently it is Google that has made it possible for Opera to be free. I didn't realize that hosting Google as a browsers built in search would be so lucrative. I wonder if the little guys like Avant and Maxthon make money for hosting search in their browsers.

Paul, September 23, 2005 02:01 AM:

Duder, what you should be thinking about is how to increase traffic here and then hosting some (nerd targeted) ads...

All you have to do is write something that'll attract scoble or slashdot, and ka-ching!

J, September 23, 2005 09:03 AM:

But I don't really like ads...

John, September 23, 2005 12:44 PM:

Well that is a dilemma. Ads are what brought TV and radio to the masses. Ads are what powers a good chunk of the Intarweb, and all of GPaul's salary.

So BTW anyone trying Opera out yet? I know there are some die hard users out there. I played with it for about 30 min last night. At first glace it seems to be a bit lighter on memory than Firefox. I don't know if it leaks like Firefox does yet. It seems pretty polished but I think it has less features than say Avant. It missing an ad and flash blocker. The RSS support looks like a traditional news reader to me, which I'm not a big fan of, so I'll let others vote on that one. Also I don't see any plug in / extension support. I think this is Firefox's strongest feature.

Paul, September 23, 2005 01:24 PM:

I make most of my cash by purchasing queries with my employee discount, and then reselling them on the black market.

As for Opera, I've never actually used it and I'm happy with firefox. I've always felt that Opera was the BeOS of browsers: cool technology, but no support from 3rd parties (web sites).

John, September 23, 2005 09:01 PM:

Nedwolf compares Opera and Firefox.






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