September 2, 2003

Opera delivers triplets for *nix

Oslo, Norway - September 2, 2003 Opera Software today
released three new Opera 7.20 Beta versions for the Unix
variances Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD Beta. These three beta
releases all add support for bidirectional languages such as
Arabic and Hebrew, establishing Opera as a true global
browser and increases rendering speed, adhering to its
popular tagline, "The Fastest Browser on Earth."

The beta version of Opera 7.20 for Solaris and Free BSD is
the first release on the 7 development branch for these
platforms, the last version being 6.12. Opera 7.20 offers a
powerful package of features and functionality including
increased speed and performance to Solaris and FreeBSD
users. Linux users have already been able to enjoy all the
popular Opera 7 features, and can now experience even more
speed and greater performance in this new 7.20 Beta version.
The Opera 7.20 for Windows Beta version is only three days
old, and with this release Operas Unix variants are well up
to speed with its Windows counterpart.

As recent press reports indicate that development of
Netscape has been largely abandoned, Opera is left as the
only major commercial player continuing to push browser
development on these platforms, offering a vast number of
new users a continually up-to-date and enhanced Internet

"Opera 7 has been greeted with cheers from users and press
all over the world. By continuously listening closely to our
users throughout Opera's development cycle over the years,
we have succeeded in creating the very best browser there
is," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA.
"This technological lead is further expanded
with today's release. The feedback from our testers has been
unison: Opera 7.20 significantly boosts speed and performance."

The final Opera 7.20 on all platforms will be released later
this year.

See the changelogs for Opera 7.20 for Linux, Solaris and
FreeBSD Beta at

Buy beta versions at reduced rates
Buy Opera 7.20 for Solaris, FreeBSD, or Linux now and get a
free upgrade to the final version and 6 months of OperaMail
Premium for only USD 29. (Reg. price USD 39). Note: Opera
does not provide support for beta versions. You can access
the Support desk when the final version is released.

Warning: Opera 7.20 for Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD is a beta
release, and can display unexpected characteristics. Beta
versions should only be tested by advanced users. Opera
recommends that beta versions are run from a separate folder
from your regular Opera installation.

About Opera Software ASA
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 Linkping and
Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin,
TX. Learn more about Opera at


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