Author Archive: Vygantas
Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.
With the recent departure from Opera Software, David took some time to share his personal thoughts regarding the situation in the company and its products.
Some of the key aspects in the article are:
- Stop adding new features and polish Opera desktop instead.
- Make the bug tracker public.
- Build Opera Widgets into a real platform or drop it.
- Scrap Opera Unite in its present form.
- Invest more in the developer tools.
- Focus on consumer products instead of selling custom solutions to partners, which requires custom work for both Core and platform code. According to David, this is what Opera is doing right now.
Any thoughts? Click here for a full article.
It seems that Dragonfly is not yet dead. 4 months after releasing the initial stable build of Opera Dragonfly, it has now been updated to the version 1.1.
In the official post, David Storey wrote, “around 3 and a half months ago we launched version 1.0″, which is not actually true as Opera Dragonfly 1.0 was releases on May 4th and that was 4 months ago. While that’s nitpicking, it looks like even its developers are ashamed of the release cycle train wreck that Opera Dragonfly had.
Furthermore, David Storey, a guy who is responsible for the Opera Dragonfly development, has announced that he will be leaving the company, right after 1.1 release.
For all the new features and changes, see the original post.
[Thanks, MarkG, Mikah]
Tyler Downer, a “community lead” at Mozilla Corp., criticized the company for a lack of effective methods to address all the bug notifications that users submit.
According to his post, Firefox users have submitted more than 6,000 issues that are getting harder and harder to track due to poor management, as developers can no longer tell, which bugs are critical and which ones are not.
More than three years ago, on September 1st of 2008, Google has released the very first version of its web browser, which had a pretty significant impact in the industry.
Then, few years later, Google has introduced the Chromebook, a new breed of computing for a quick Internet access.
What kind of beast will it bring next? Let’s wait and see.
Cheers to the progress and happy birthday to Google Chrome,
- Internet Explorer 9 Reaches 20% Usage Share
- IE: Browsing Without Plug-ins
- Introducing the IE9 on Windows Phone “Mango” User Agent String
- 10 Social Networking Add-Ons for Firefox
- Google’s Chrome Frame for IE ready for prime time
- Dutch CA banished for life from Chrome, Firefox
- Google Chrome Stable Channel Update
- Google Chrome Beta Channel Update
- Google Chrome Dev Channel Update
- Safari users still susceptible to attacks using fake DigiNotar certs
- New Wahoo 12.00 build with rendering and Speed Dial improvements
- Maxthon Browser 188.8.131.520 Beta Released
- Sleipnir for Mac
[Thanks, RamaSubbu SK, Sebastian, Shane Bundy]
Do you remember using Netscape Navigator or Mosaic? What about constantly evolving web standards and other web technologies?
With the help of recently created web page, you can now relive those memories and dive into the ocean of oblivion.
Click here to do that now.
It’s Friday, Friday…
Another month passes by as we look at the August market share stats to find out, how web browsers competed at the end of summer.
Internet Explorer is approaching the 50% market share mark, as it’s now down another 1.13 point, from 52.72% to 51.59%.
Sometime after the initial Firefox 6 release, Mozilla has announced the availability of the very first security update for both Firefox 6 and Firefox 3 branches.
Both versions fix one security vulnerability that was solved by removing the DigiNotar root certificate.
Recently, Opera Software has released their financial results for the Q2 of 2011. According to the report, there are now more than 200 million Opera users that use web browser every month, which suggests that Opera Software counts its users if they open the program at least once every 30 days.
2Q 2011 Financial highlights
Total revenue (MNOK): 214.8 (2Q11) vs. 168.9 (2Q10)
Desktop user growth 20% versus end of 2Q10
Over 122 million Opera Mini users
Over 200 million Opera users
Please bring Opera Mobile with Opera Turbo to Windows Phone 7. Seriously, the only reason why I (and probably few other people) haven’t switched to WP7 is because of the lack of web page compression in IE9.
Signed, current and potential WP7 users.