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Opera for Higher Education Program

Top Universities Changing to Opera

     
12:20 pm on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera Press Release March 13, 2003:

..enabling schools to register multiple licenses at a fraction of the regular price, has become a success for Opera Software. Universities are signing up at an impressive rate..

..some of Opera's more well-known educational partners now include The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Harvard Law School's Berkman Center, the University of Illinois in the United States; the University Of Darmstad and the University of Cologne, both in Germany; and the University of Cardiff, Wales.

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Well done Opera!

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But why should schools pay for a browser software when IE and Netscape are still free and IE is pre-installed on every desktop anyway.

I still don't see the viability of Opera.

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But why should schools pay for a browser software when IE and Netscape are still free and IE is pre-installed on every desktop anyway.

Maybe they are willing to pay for Opera simply because it`s so much better than the other browsers you mentioned?

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Better to whom? The average surfer doesn't even know what a browser is, let alone understand the differences between them.

And personally, I don't see Opera as being that much better, considering all the recent security holes and unwillingness to support older versions.

Opera has a cachet because it is not IE or Netscape, but outside the tech community no one has ever heard of it.

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I've heard of Oprah! ;)
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But why should schools pay for a browser software when IE and Netscape are still free and IE is pre-installed on every desktop anyway.

Why should I pay for a hotel room when I can sleep in the street for free?

These guys have done their sums and for them (maybe not for every one) the total cost of ownership is lower and/or the quality of use is higher with Opera.

IE costs more time and resources -- those endless security upgrades; being unable to have two copies installed at once, so testing and migration is harder; significant bugs in its CSS rendering -- which may be important for classes teaching web design; etc.

In my experience, the quality of use is higher with Opera: less crashes; more configurable options; better resources for those disabled visually or otherwise; marginally better non-english code page support; same rendering of a page on a PC and a MAC (IE can be quite different); better error reporting for Javascript bugs; way way faster in rendering and navigating; etc

Is all that worth a dollar to them? They obviously think so. I'd tend to agree.

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Given the importance of a browser, I like to see the "end of free" all around.

Free browsers were used as busines weapons during the browser wars. The result was a pile of spaghetti code that may have been expedient, but it doesn't hold up well as the W3C moves us to standards.

A good browser is worth something - there's real value there that takes a heap of resources to develop.

 

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