Opera browser launches for Linux

New browser offers Linux users another choice, keeps pressure on Microsoft and Netscape

The alternative Internet browser Opera has finally been made available in alpha format for download for everyone's favourite alternative operating system, Linux.

The alpha -- an incomplete version of the software, aimed at testers -- may come with fairly minimal support for the latest Internet technologies, but it does offer Linux users another choice for browsing the Internet and keeps the pressure on Microsoft and Netscape, the two main players in the Web browser wars.

Opera for Linux currently does not support plug-ins, cookies, display animated GIFS or even frames, but it makes a fairly decent basic Web browser and should especially delight members of the Opera for Linux newsgroup who have been waiting with bated breath for a number of months for the release.

The download and more information about the testing program are available at the Opera site.

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