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8:38 am on Feb 10, 2016 (gmt 0)

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A consortium of Chinese companies have made an offer for Opera, and Opera's board has recommended acceptance.

Opera has received a $1.2 billion buyout offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet firms, the company announced on Wednesday.

The consortium includes Kunlun and Qihoo 360 and is backed by the investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian.
Opera In $1.2 Billion Buyout Offer [zdnet.com]


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million or billion?
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Billion:

The $1.2 billion offer is a 53 percent premium on Opera's close as of February 4 on the Oslo stock exchange. Trading of the company has been suspended for two days following buyout rumors.
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Yup, slip of the b there.
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eesh. After 3 years The latest version was just getting to the point of usable full time...

Off to Vivaldi I guess.
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Well since both Opera and Vivaldi are using Blink, there shouldn't be too much difference between the two -- I guess we won't be having to worry about an Opera killer -- The Chinese will most likely kill it without even meaning to.

As an aside, it wouldn't be a bad idea to include Vivaldi in the Linux repositories.
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Loved Opera, on Android, iOS, Windows and Linux, rarely used it on Mac but I did and loved it too. It changed so much!, the "Turbo" stopped working, was not as good any more. Really had some caring about the brand, then started using UCBrowser as replacement, it's not perfect but their "turbo" optimization is good, no comparison to the old Opera Turbo anyway. Someone told me around there about Maxthon, liked it too.

I experienced several reminders of Opera upgrade, again and again, couldn't get it to stop telling me so, I had several versions, in fact it's normal for us to have several browsers and several versions of the same brand.
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Chinese Opera has always sounded a bit dissonant to my Western ears. :-)
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I hate changing browsers ... but I guess I'll have to start looking at Vivaldi and other options.
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I hate changing browsers

... which is why I'm still reading this forum in Camino.
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As an early supporter of Opera it's sad to see them get bought out like this. I even paid for the software for several years before it went free. I never bothered upgrading beyond 12.14 though.

Vivaldi has picked up where Opera left off. I use it daily. It's ready for prime-time in my book. Many of the old Opera functionality is now built in. It's a worthy successor for Opera fans who don't want yet-another-Chrome-clone.
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*wave* @ Opera
*wave* @ Texas oil fields
*wave* @ ... what's next?
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Vivaldi has picked up where Opera left off


I'm persevering however for some things, especially video streaming, it falls over far too quickly. In fact I'm sat here right now with Gotham completely frozen.
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Well, Vivaldi is still classified as a beta, but it's a very functional beta IMHO.
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Strange, my streaming's working ok now however its sound breaks up sometimes.
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but it's a very functional beta IMHO


Just imagine how well Vivaldi might perform once it's out of beta --
It's much faster than Firefox on Linux - Haven't tried it on Windows yet, but as past experience has shown, anything running on Windows is going to be slower by default anyway.

my streaming's working ok now however its sound breaks up sometimes


I'm almost willing to bet you are running this on Windows .. The buffer king of the world

But it's like I said, I haven't tried Vivaldi on Windows yet -- No difficulty streaming at all on this end with a Linux box -- We just blow-n-go in fine Linux fashion as usual --
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"As an aside, it wouldn't be a bad idea to include Vivaldi in the Linux repositories."

I believe there's more than one distribution of linux with a repository ;). I don't blame maintainers from the core repos though for holding off on a beta that may or may not vanish before they get the packaging issues resolved. Vivaldi is in Arch AUR, for example. And vivaldi will install it's own sources list when you install the deb, I don't know about rpms.

So that is really all you need, that's how opera was anyway too on linux, I always ran it from their repos, still do. Never understood the appeal of opera myself, I'm happy though for the opera company, hopefully they can find a way to cash out and hand the chinese this fading project, they'd be fools not to now that opera really is just another blink front end.

I'll have to give vivaldi a run though, see how it works, though it's just going to be google chrome with some differences, like probably not providing an endless user data feed to google, though they might go for that too to fund the project.
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though it's just going to be google chrome with some differences


Vivaldi isn't as entrenched (for the lack of a better term) as Chrome is - Say for instance, though it might be said that Pepper Flash works, it actually doesn't -- Sure Vivaldi is driven by Blink, but I'm thinking that forks of Chromium aren't included in Adobe's agreement with Google, so there might not be a lot of other things too that won't work with Vivaldi out of the box. Google has deeper pockets so Chrome will naturally be the better pick if you like to be spied on, and if you like to have hundreds of plug-ins.

Not a big deal though, because in the end, one might want to use Vivaldi as a replacement for Opera instead of having to be using Chrome too --

I like Vivaldi overall .. Sort of wish there was more going on in the Browser world than just the same rendering engine running on 3 different Browsers .. Wondering how long Firefox plans to stay in the game --

that's how opera was anyway too on linux,


Yes .. Opera is in the repo's, but once it's installed, you have to *upgrade* outside of the repo's -- after that, you can select whether or not you want Opera to update along with everything else.

No such feature with Vivaldi yet on my end --
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> there shouldn't be too much difference between the two

I think there are significant differences.
- Opera startup is faster even on very fast machines.
- Opera's quick launch start page is significantly better in almost every way (easier, faster, more reliable, drag-n-drop..).
- Opera just just feels faster, lighter and more reliable (for now).

On the other hand
- Vivaldi has a bright future with an awesome set of devs and mgt behind it.
- Superior configuration options (darn near as good as the Gold Standard Opera v12 in that regard.)

I am currently using Opera as my default (with occasional drop backs to v12) and continue to check Vivaldi at every release (waiting for start page issues to be resolved)

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I've been testing Vivaldi 1.0 as my primary browser (from Opera 3x) for about a week so far. It has a few quirks, but has not failed on anything I've thrown at it.
I have not seen any speed issues (but I have fast hardware and an exceptionally good internet connection).

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