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Moving Mobile Linux forward: Opera joins the LiMo Foundation

February 16, 2009

Oslo, Norway — February 16, 2009

Opera Software today announced that it has joined the swelling ranks of mobile Linux leaders in the LiMo Foundation. Opera has a long history in developing its browser for the Linux platform and by joining this mobile Linux community the company hopes to contribute to the advancement of open and accessible mobile phone technology.

Opera's ‘One Web" vision revolves around the hope for a single, pervasive Internet, available to anyone, anywhere. By working closely with LiMo, Opera can ensure absolute compatibility with this platform, enabling easier development and faster time-to-market. Together, Opera and LiMo plan to nurture richer services, better user experiences and more affordable devices in the mobile industry by adhering to open standards-based development.

"We have always prided ourselves on producing a standards-based browser with the goal of running on any platform. Linux Mobile is a growing platform that epitomizes our ideals of a unified mobile Web where standardization reigns industry-wide," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "We look forward to joining forces with other LiMo members to keep mobile technology moving forward."

The LiMo Foundation is currently more than 50 members strong. The consortium was founded in 2007 and includes members from the entire spectrum of the mobile phone industry, including its founder members Motorola, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung and Vodafone.

"Opera is a strong player in our growing roster of members. With their knowledge of developing for Linux, we hope to accelerate the delivery of new and exciting services to mobile phone users everywhere," said Morgan Gills, executive director, LiMo Foundation.

About the LiMo Foundation

LiMo Foundation™ is a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent governance model-with shared leadership and shared decision making-to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based upon mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry. A full description of LiMo Foundation, including its vision, goals, charter, guiding principles, bylaws and membership information, can be found at www.limofoundation.org.

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.