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opera 10.50 alpha

Opera devs seem to have really speed up the development, with lots of bugs fixed and a new snapshot released only one day after the last one. Opera 10.50 looks more and more polished and with it's amazing speed (since they introduced the Carakan javascript engine), it can become a real competitor for Firefox and Chrome (I wanted to say IE too, but that's a bundled competitor, not something people usually choose), specially on Linux where Opera finally ditched Qt. If only they would go open source...

The new snapshot brings more Windows fixes, but not only:

  • Facebook is working again
  • A new view button to the right on the status bar adds a zoom slider (Windows-only for now)
  • Work on tab management (MDI)
  • Skin fixes, such as a glow on the personal bar to make the text readable (Windows 7/Vista)
  • Stability fixes

For a full list of fixed bugs and download, see the post on the Opera Desktop Team blog (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

For Linux, you can simply run this to download and run the latest Opera 10.50 alpha snapshot:

wget http://snapshot.opera.com/unix/snapshot-6204/opera-10.50-6204.linux.i386.tar.bz2 -O - | tar xjf -
cd opera-10.50-6204.linux.i386/
./opera &
wget http://snapshot.opera.com/unix/snapshot-6204/opera-10.50-6204.linux.x86_64.tar.bz2 -O - | tar xjf -
cd opera-10.50-6204.linux.x86_64/
./opera &