May 19, 2003

Opera 7 now available on Linux

Oslo, Norway - May 19, 2003 - Opera Software today released Opera 7 for
Linux, offering Linux users a faster and better Internet experience.
The new version includes major new features changes from Opera 6 for
Linux as well as a built-in e-mail client, not previously available in
Opera for Linux.

The first Opera 7 release on Linux is version 7.11, bringing Opera for
Linux up to the same level of development as Windows, with Opera 7.11
for Windows being released last week. Opera's cross-platform
development has now advanced so far that releases on Opera's numerous
platforms can be only days apart.

"With Opera 7.11 Linux is brought up to par with Windows," says Jon S.
von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA. "Now Linux users can enjoy the
most advanced Web browser available with the most innovative e-mail
client in recent years."

Until now, Opera has only offered an integrated e-mail client in the
browser to its Windows users. With version 7, Opera introduces a state
of the art e-mail client and e-mail organizer, which automatically
categorizes and sorts e-mail messages, has an integrated spam filter,
and supports POP3, IMAP, and ESMTP.

Opera 7.11 for Linux offers a slew of user-friendly features including
the password manager the Wand, the e-mail and news client M2, as well
as new features such as FastForward, Rewind, Notes, and Slideshow,
which are not only new to Opera, but also completely new to the world
of browsing. Popular Opera functions from previous versions including
pop-up killer, multiple document interface (MDI), mouse gestures,
keyboard shortcuts, Hotclick translation, zooming, integrated search,
and many more, are of course included and refined. Now users can even
customize and make their own toolbars, mouse gestures and keyboards
shortcuts and share with other Opera users.

New features in Opera 7 for Linux

FastForward and Rewind
Opera has added two new buttons in the toolbar to speed up Opera users´
Web navigation, letting the browser anticipate where the user will want
to go next. Opera first introduced FastForward as a part of the Forward
button in Opera 7 for Windows, but in this release has refined this
feature and added two completely new buttons to the toolbar. The
FastForward and Rewind buttons support all major languages and lets
users browse much more efficiently.

The FastForward button displays photo files on the Web in a slideshow.
To see photos full-screen on a black background, simply press F11 to
invoke Opera?s presentation tool OperaShow.

Speed up researching with the new Notes features. Jot down a note in
conjunction with a Web page, drag the note to an e-mail to send it to
others, or simply store your notes for future reference.

Cookie Manager
Keep track of the cookies you would like to keep and delete the rest.

M2 mail client
Opera's mail client automatically categorizes and sorts e-mail
messages, has an integrated spam filter, and supports POP3, IMAP, and

The Wand password manager
Opera now offers one-click log-in to password protected sites. Log-in
fields with available passwords are marked with a slick golden rim, and
access provided by simply clicking the Wand icon or the keyboard
shortcut CTRL+Enter.

Mouse gestures
Now users can make their own mouse gestures and share them with other
users. Simply go to Preferences/Edit Mouse gestures to add your own.

Keyboard shortcuts
Now users can choose to use the space button on their keyboard instead
of the FastForward button in the Opera toolbar, to let the browser
anticipate where the user would like to go next on a Web page, or to
move forward in the M2 e-mail client when searching through e-mails.

Changing the look of a browser has never been easier with Opera's new
one-click skin install. Just pick and click once on any of the many
skins available at MyOpera community. The skin is downloaded and
applied, and users can choose to keep or remove the new skin. As a
further enhancement, even changes in the coloring skins can be altered
by selecting a color scheme from the View menu.

Powerful panel management
All panels can now be shown, hidden or rearranged at will.

Links panel
Opera 7 includes a new, easier way to navigate pages. The Hotlist now
includes a Links panel by default. In the panel, all the links in the
current page are listed, with icons for common types like images and
movies. Links can then be easily selected for quick navigation or

Spatial Navigation
Spatial Navigation was first introduced in Opera's iTV business unit.
With Opera for iTV on their set-top boxes, TV viewers appreciates how
simple it is to use the arrows keys on their remote controls to
navigate the electronic program guides or between links in Web pages.
Now Opera is bringing the same concept to everyone's desktop computer.
By combining the SHIFT and arrow keys on the keyboard, users can easily
move to links or any other navigational element on a page.

New navigation bar
On sites that support navigation through link tags, users have more
control over how they interact with Web pages. The site navigation will
be displayed in the navigation bar, and the navigation menu will feel
the same to the user regardless of site.

Extended and improved drag-and-drop support
Rearrange or move toolbar items using drag-and-drop customization. You
can even move an Opera button from a Web page to your toolbar to see
how it looks. Or choose to move bookmarks, tabs, and window sessions
(MDI/SDI) URL as shortcuts on the desktop. Open or save any page link.

Multiple user style sheets
Opera comes equipped with 12 new style sheets, varying from helpful
features for users and developers, to the more zany like a Commodore 64
browser emulator. By choosing style sheets such as "Accessibility
layout" or "High contrast B/W" users can in a snap modify pages for an
easy read. Developers immediately benefit from features such as viewing
structural elements without constantly reverting to its source code.

Window management
Instead of having to choose between multiple and single document
interface (MDI/SDI) as in Opera 6, users can now combine MDI, SDI and
tabbed browsing -- without restarting the browser. Users can also save
different window combinations as window sessions, or go back and forth
between different window sessions.

Multiple or single user accounts
Set up different Opera user profiles in one Opera browser to ensure
that all your family members have the Opera set-up and look that suits
them best.

Small-Screen Rendering
Check out Opera's Web browser breakthrough for mobile phones and PDAs
in your desktop browser! See how Web pages would look on a small-screen
device by simply pressing [Shift+F11] to enable Small-Screen Rendering?.

Refuse pop-ups
Opera can easily be configured to push all pop-up windows to the
background, or to not show them at all.

Bookmarks and history, windows sessions and e-mail can be now be
managed via the Hotlist and shown respectively as a bookmarks, history,
e-mail, or windows panel. Manage your downloads and transfers via the
floatable download and transfer manager with extensive drag-and-drop

Built-in search
Use Opera's search utility to search the Web, just enter your search in
the convenient search field at the top of Opera's window.

Improved standards support
The standards support in Opera 7 has been improved with added support
for DOM level 2 and CSS2; improved ECMAScript and HTML 4.01 support;
and complete WML 1.3 and 2.0 support. Opera 7 also handles non-standard
pages using DHTML, giving Opera's millions of old and new users a
hassle-free Internet experience.

Download Opera
Download Opera 7.11 for Linux from

The browser is available free of charge with a sponsored advertising
banner in the top-right corner of the user interface. To remove the
advertising banner users must register their version for USD 39.
Various discounts apply. Registered users can freely access personal
support via e-mail and enjoy six months of free OperaMail Premium.

About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web
browser technology, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Nokia,
Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp, Metrowerks,
and MontaVista Software. The Opera browser has received international
recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster,
smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera's
browser technology is cross-platform and modular, targeting the
desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets.

Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo,
Norway, with development centers in Linköping and Gothenburg, Sweden,
and a representative in Austin, TX. Learn more about Opera at

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