Opera browser comes to FreeBSD, Linux version upgraded

Opera Software ASA upgraded its browser for Linux for Intel Corp. and PowerPC users last week, while simultaneously adding a new port to the Unix variance FreeBSD operating system.

Opera said that its browser has been particularly embraced by Linux users and that the release of Opera 6.1 will offer improved font support, java support without using a plug-in and improved bookmark handling. The Oslo company said that it has received more than 1.5 million downloads from Linux users since February of 2001 and the new offering is expected to experience a quick up-take.

Furthermore, the addition of the FreeBSD port makes Opera available on eight different operating systems, the company said. FreeBSD is a Berkeley Software Distribution operating system popular with high-end users like systems administrators, Opera said.

The pairing of Opera with FreeBSD is expected to entice corporate users with an emphasis on stability.

Opera is now available on Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, FreeBSD, OS/2, Symbian OS and QNX. More information on the new releases can be found at http://www.opera.com.

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