OPERA SOFTWARE has released the long-awaited Opera 24 web browser for Linux.
The developer build marks the first Linux version of the Opera browser that's based on Chromium.
Writing on the company blog, developer Arjan van Leeuwen said, "Adding Linux to our browser line fulfills an important part of Opera's vision to shape an open, connected world.
"We want everyone to have fast and safe access to the web. Adding Linux opens up that possibility to more machines running the open-source operating system."
By updating, Linux users now have access to newer features including news aggregator Discover, a read it later feature called Stash and access to extensions and themes, including those from Chrome, with a little bit of extra configuration.
The build also marks improvements to the Speed Dial bookmark service and the data compression tool Opera Turbo.
Though reasonably stable, the build is said to be aimed at developers because it is not configured for all Linux distributions. At launch, it is designed for 64-bit browsers using either Unity or Gnome shells, though this policy is under constant revision as development continues. Other Linux users are advised that they are welcome to try it out, but might encounter unexpected behaviour.
Van Leeuwen also mentioned upcoming improvements in the way tabs behave in Opera, but did not elaborate.
Opera has not been resting on its laurels recently. Earlier this year, Opera announced a scheme offering users free mobile data in return for watching advertisements, while recently the company announced Coast, a gesture based version of the browser for the iPhone. µ
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