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Linux Gets Operatic

LONDON -- Opera Software is rolling out Opera 5.0 for Linux, but this is not necessarily another "we've done a Windows version and a Mac version, so we might as well add Linux" launch.

In addition to the usual Opera virtues of speed and stability, Linux users will be pleased to find that this product launch includes features that are not yet available in the Windows version of Opera. At the moment, some customisation options for user settings, additional drag-and-drop features and the Hotlist search function are only available in the Linux version. Opera 5 for Linux can be downloaded for free at the Opera website.

"The Linux community has long craved for a state-of-the-art Web browser, and today Opera fills that void," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software, "In light of the consistent praise we've received from the Linux community for our beta releases of Opera for Linux, we firmly believe that this is simply the best browser for Linux, reflecting the fact that Opera is the leader in browser technology on the Linux platform."