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Opera Software Abandons v6

     
12:08 am on Mar 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Opera released v7.03 today to address a long filename issue that could allow malicious web sites to gain full control of the users computer.

[theregister.co.uk...]

Senior programmer Yngve N. Pettersen said in a Usenet message today, that there will be no fix made for Opera 6.05.

According to a Secunia [secunia.com] advisory, there are exploits running in the wild.

Clearly, from the log files here, the majority of Opera users have not upgraded to Opera v7. V6.05 still out paces v7 by two to one.

Many have found v7 quality level to be lacking. They have found many bugs that may stop them from using it on their system. For example, v7 does not work with Logitech mouse drivers.

This leaves us with a serious delimia in that we can't upgrade, and can't continue to use the current version (v6.05).

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The more the exploit code is made redable to people the more it becomes a threat the quicker they will make everything work. Too bad the Opera users will have to be the guinee pigs while patches are being constructed to make the version acceptable to upgrade to.
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Brett, is this security issue for all Opera 6.x or just 6.05?
12:23 am on Mar 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I don't know, and Opera has not said. The security advisory says v6.X
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When advisories say 6.x, x means anything in that series, orrrrrrrrrrrrrrr they didnt test all the versions which should be documented in their advisory if they didnt :)
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Opera always users always bragged about how they never have security holes, there is this one and 1 only 1 or 2 months back.
2:55 am on Mar 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Wow, that's not a smart decision. Even Microsoft provides updates to previous browser versions.
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I'm using a Logitech Cordless Trackball with Opera 7.01 and there's no problem or conflict.

But there definitely are some strange bugs in this browser. I'm also very surprised at the lack of security patches for version 6.x -- when the FREE browsers do it, then you really expect Opera to do it. After all, they have at least some paying customers. IMO you support paying customers while the software is recent.

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I remember thinking when they issued Ver 7, "You mean they're not doing another beta?"
The problems were obvious to a lot of people, I think. Why not them?

I suspect Opera survives on occasional disbursements from IBM's petty cash drawer.

These guys have no business sense at all, if you ask me.

A shame.

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>logitech

Set to scroll a screen at a time. It goes from the top of a web page to the very end.

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This sucks...I did not like 7 so I will not upgrade to that...I guess I will just be careful of where I "surf".
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Darn, Opera 7 is extremely slow on my poor old PC and I really don't like the positioning of the "close" option when you right click on the tabs (it's right next to "close all wndows except this one" (or something like) that which has had me accidentally closing down numerous windows accidentally (aargh!)). I love opera 6.05 but looks like this is a serous glitch, so if they won't fix 6.05 I'm going to have to use k-meleon which is nice but still in beta (or pre-beta, cant remember which right now). Otherwise I'm going to have to buy a new PC to run Opera 7 which I've been thinking about but can't really afford. Eeek.
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no fix made for Opera 6.05

Just a ploy to make us all upgrade?

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Are there any other browsers which have the refresh option and the tabbed viewing?

Those are the 2 main features that I care about.

Opera 7 did not work on the overture pull down menus...and this is where I need it.

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i dont konw what the refresh option is that u speak of,
but mozilla and pretty much all variants have tabbed browsing.
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The refresh option... If you right click a page in Opera..you can go to reload every...then tell it at what interval to reload the page.

I set it for 15 minutes so I do not get logged out of overture and just let it run on one pc while I do all my "real" work on another.

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You could try the new (free) Mozilla. It has an interesting new spam filter for e-mail, too.

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I actually dloaded the newest mozilla 1.3 I think it is. It did have the tabbed browsing, but not the reload option.

That has to be one of my favorite features on Opera...that and the speed it runs at.

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Can you tell me how to get the tabbed viewing?

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> Opera always users always bragged about how they never have security holes, there is this one and 1 only 1 or 2 months back.

Actually, the last security fix I remember them doing (in 7.0, as I recall) was for five security holes at once. So this makes at least six in the 7.0x time frame so far.

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tabbed viewing

View > Page Bar > Top,Bottom,Left,Right,Off

10:35 pm on Mar 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Toadhall!

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Argh, I really preferred 6 to 7, so far. I rarely use opera anyway, since mozilla now surpasses it in most regards for me.