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 Post subject: package suggestion
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:02 pm 
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Hi, I suggest including opera as the default browser for future versions. Or at least include its repository. Here are my reasons:

Crashes much less often than firefox.
Better use of screen realestate.
Lets you save web pages in an all-in-one archive format as opposed to saving the page and a seperate folder with images and scripts.
All around more thoughtful and elegant design/programming imo.

Also, I'm curious what your thoughts are about my post regarding forking a browser.

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 Post subject: Re: package suggestion
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:05 pm 
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I downloaded the latest Opera for Linux, installed it, and am using it right now.

Under the hood, Opera is Chromium--the new Opera is, essentially, Chromium re-branded, re-skinned, and monetized.

Opera is pretty much locked up. I cannot redistribute it. It's proprietary. To see, hit F12 to open a terminal in UnerStudent and run the following line:
geany /usr/share/doc/opera-stable/copyright

But unless Firefox figures out a solution for it's flash in Linux, I will be dropping it in the next release. I'll just let Chromium be the lone browser, though.

Forking a browser may sound simple but it is HUGE work. Just getting a browser to build from source is a major undertaking. You'd need a really good reason to fork a browser, I'd think.

For Opera, the reason for forking is simple. Initially, they used their own rendering engine, and thereby built up a user base that produces the incomes of the people in their organization. When it became clear they could no longer maintain their rendering engine, they dropped it and chose to base Opera on Chromium while using the Opera name to continue their income. To see how Opera monetizes Chromium, hit F12 to open a terminal in UberStudent and run the following line:
geany /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/resources/default_partner_content.json

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