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Opera for Linux With Plug-ins

August 14, 2001

Opera for Linux Technology Preview 1 introduces Java

Oslo, Norway - Aug. 14, 2001

Opera Software today released Opera 5.05 for Linux Technology Preview (TP). The browser updates the current final version of Opera 5.0 for Linux by adding support for Netscape plug-ins including Java, giving Linux users a faster, better and less bloated Internet experience while enjoying their favorite plug-ins for video, audio, document viewing, animation and much more.

Technology preview is a term for a publicly released alpha version, and bugs and crashes are to be expected when running plug-ins. Opera's release of technology previews follows in the company's tradition of openness towards the Internet community, inviting them to provide feedback to Opera's developers, while watching the browser's development unfold.

"This release is essentially an update to the final version of Opera 5.0 for Linux with added support for Netscape plug-ins," says Hakon Wium Lie, Chief Technology Officer of Opera Software. "The addition of plug-in support may create unforeseen bugs or behavior in the browser, and we are therefore inviting our Linux users to test it and submit their bug reports."

Opera 5.05 for Linux Technology Preview 1 supports a wide variety of Netscape plug-ins such as Flash and Plugger for audio and video, Acrobat Reader to view pdf documents, and Sun Java 2 Runtime Environment with Java Plug-in 1.3.1 for interactive Internet services.

Opera continues its commitment to the standards as laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Opera 5.05 for Linux Technology Preview 1 supports the following technologies: 128-bit encryption, TLS 1.0, SSL 2 and 3, CSS1 and CSS2, XML, HTML 4.01, HTTP 1.1, ECMAScript, JavaScript 1.3, partial DOM and WAP/ WML, as well as support for Netscape plug-ins.

Opera 5.05 for Linux Technology Preview 1 can be downloaded for free. Opera 5.05 for Linux is only available for Linux x86.

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Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Webbrowsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering withcompanies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson,Sharp and Lineo (now a division of Embedix). The Opera browser hasreceived international recognition from end users and the industrypress for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than otherbrowsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, OS/2,Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held companyheadquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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