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Opera: Our New Browser Will Change the Web

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Opera has long been a small player in the browser marketplace. Yesterday the company launched Opera Unite in an effort to cut itself a bigger slice of the browser pie.

Opera Unite is a somewhat mind boggling idea for a browser, which aims to eliminate the need for media sharing sites of Flickr or YouTube by turning your computer into both a client and a server, allowing it to interact with and serve content to other computers directly across the web, without the need for third-party servers.

The idea of sending your friend a link to a file on your computer instead of a URL is interesting. That said, Opera’s claim that this new project will “reinvent the web” has a lot of people in a tizzy about how useful the product really is because unfortunately, if you claim your product is the best thing since sliced bread, people will fight tooth and nail to find ways to point out that it’s completely the opposite.

Cutting out the middle man isn’t something a lot of people are interesting in doing, and as Chris Messina points out in his detailed write up on the service, millions of people are more than happy to leave the storage, back up and security of their photographs and videos to the Facebooks, MySpaces, Flickrs and YouTubes of the world instead of letting it sit stagnant on their hard drive on the off chance that the files might be of interest to someone at some stage in the future.

Will you guys be installing Opera Unite and encouraging your friends to turn their computer into a server? Check out the video Opera released about Opera Unite and let us know your thoughts.

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    cielmerlion , June 17, 2009 2:57 PM
    Ironic that to see the video you have to go to Youtube, one of the nasty middle men they seek to replace.
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    dman3k , June 17, 2009 2:23 PM
    I'm a little bit worried about getting arrested for sharing files.
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    deathblooms2k1 , June 17, 2009 3:46 PM
    Can someone explain to me where web browsers make their money? It seems as of late that many browsers are expending vast amounts of resources to gain market share. But for what purpose? Isn't ad revenue given to the sites you browse and not the browser software company. In addition FF blocks adds... I'm just confused as to how FF, Opera, Chrome, IE, etc. is benefiting from my use of their browser.
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    dman3k , June 17, 2009 2:23 PM
    I'm a little bit worried about getting arrested for sharing files.
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    dman3k , June 17, 2009 2:23 PM
    sarcasm
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    rockabye , June 17, 2009 2:27 PM
    I thought it was a bad idea until I saw the video. Me likey. :) 
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    cielmerlion , June 17, 2009 2:57 PM
    Ironic that to see the video you have to go to Youtube, one of the nasty middle men they seek to replace.
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    ohim , June 17, 2009 3:22 PM
    cielmerlionIronic that to see the video you have to go to Youtube, one of the nasty middle men they seek to replace.

    and how do you suppose to advertise that without current actual means of showing media? don`t know if i said this right but i guess you get the ideea.
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    Ambictus , June 17, 2009 3:24 PM
    cielmerlionIronic that to see the video you have to go to Youtube, one of the nasty middle men they seek to replace.


    Yeah, but that's to get the word out. Otherwise only people that already have Opera Unite would be able to view the commercial.
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    jerther , June 17, 2009 3:30 PM
    The web just reinvented? everyone can already get a copy of Apache and build a web server. Same for a FTP. There are dozens of file sharing possibility already existing.

    If I understand correctly, Opera wants to make it easy for people to share files directly. Which is fine, but they'll have to do something about firewall/routers/nat configuration hell.

    I think they make their idea bigger than it is. I think they just want to make easier and more convenient a bunch of things that already exist, which is good!

    But it's nowhere near CHANGING THE WORLD!!!

    I hate when they say things like this.
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    3ddraft , June 17, 2009 3:35 PM
    It's a good idea but the nice thing about the file sharing sites is that they're almost always up and running. How many people will know to leave their computers on all the time and make sure to have battery backups? The advantage of the sites is that the information is always available from anywhere in the world.
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    3ddraft , June 17, 2009 3:36 PM
    also... can someone say security risk?
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2009 3:44 PM
    How about download/upload caps?????
    Still Opera is my favorite browser....! too fast...!
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    deathblooms2k1 , June 17, 2009 3:46 PM
    Can someone explain to me where web browsers make their money? It seems as of late that many browsers are expending vast amounts of resources to gain market share. But for what purpose? Isn't ad revenue given to the sites you browse and not the browser software company. In addition FF blocks adds... I'm just confused as to how FF, Opera, Chrome, IE, etc. is benefiting from my use of their browser.
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    doomtomb , June 17, 2009 3:49 PM
    Lol, the video is a little misleading. "Strangers on the web owning servers" but er, don't you have a better chance of downloading a virus from some dude's hard drive than say ImageShack?

    With that said, I like Opera. It is my backup browser to FireFox and some of the features of their new 10 beta are very unique and deserve recognition. 100% on Acid Test, saves your tabs upon closing the browser to name a couple.

    Pros to Opera Unite:
    Saves bandwidth and space on servers
    Instead of uploading something to a server to share it, and have it sit there for years when nobody is actually looking up the file

    Cons:
    Uses your hard drive space (but I keep backups of stuff I upload anyway?)
    Seems like a security breach to say the least, I'm sure these connections have to be authorized but there is always the possibility of hackers and how much trust to you have for the person connecting to your computer?
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    doomtomb , June 17, 2009 3:51 PM
    deathblooms2k1Can someone explain to me where web browsers make their money? It seems as of late that many browsers are expending vast amounts of resources to gain market share. But for what purpose? Isn't ad revenue given to the sites you browse and not the browser software company. In addition FF blocks adds... I'm just confused as to how FF, Opera, Chrome, IE, etc. is benefiting from my use of their browser.

    Dude I wonder the same thing. They always talk about "market share" but this is a free web browser we are talking about. Besides ad revenue, who the hell is paying for their web browser?
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2009 4:13 PM
    This is a neat idea in theory, but overall I see it as a huge step back. The big cons here that really kill this browser concept are:
    1. Home computers are not always on, nor are their connections optimal or secure. Everything that occurs here is at the behest of an individuals PC and all of their personal and local settings, and at the mercy of everyone they connect to.
    2. If your home machine crashes, if a hard drive dies, etc...then potentially everything is lost. Gmail will always have your email...Youtube will always have your movie...but your home machine may not if a hard drive fails.
    3. Security will be a huge mess. You're allowing tons of access to your personal computer while accessing many others in a similar way.

    Opera has always been a fringe browser used by geeks and computer science people with a desire for an alternative, and faster browser. It's never been mainstream and these changes are not going to change that. If nothing else, average users that try it may very well open their computers up to even more security issues.
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    ben850 , June 17, 2009 4:15 PM
    If you want your computer to be a first class citizen on the web, then you're going to need some first class bandwidth. You might as well just run Apache.
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    duckmanx88 , June 17, 2009 4:29 PM
    can someone explain to me why companies compete to have the best browser? what do they get out of it?
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    SuckRaven , June 17, 2009 4:49 PM
    So, basically this will be a front-end or GUI for what already exists... FTP servers.
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    jerther , June 17, 2009 4:55 PM
    duckmanx88can someone explain to me why companies compete to have the best browser? what do they get out of it?

    Our souls
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    cracklint , June 17, 2009 5:00 PM
    I don't want people directly snooping around my computer, sounds like a huge security risk.
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