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Opera 3.62 announced. confirmed final?

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 22 Nov, 2000 @ 11:36 AM
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Several BeGroovy readers wrote in to tell us that Opera 3.62 is apparently confirmed final. This is great news for all involved, and more interestingly, indicates the first directly-BeOS related press release we have seen in a long time. While it appears that this release was issued mainly by Opera, it includes quotes from JLG and is a very satisfying thing to read. Read on for the full release.

Opera Software and Be Provide Enhanced Internet Experience for BeOS Users

Opera 3.62 for BeOS Launched

OSLO, Norway–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 22, 2000–Opera Software and
Be Incorporated (Nasdaq:BEOS - news) today announced the release of Opera’s
Web browser Opera 3.62 for BeOS, Be’s desktop operating system. Opera
3.62 for BeOS is feature-rich, fast and flexible, and provides Be
users with an extremely fast and powerful Internet browser.

The BeOS-version of Opera is the second operating system platform
after EPOC to reach the final release stage, furthering Opera’s effort
to make their Internet experience available on a wide variety of
platforms outside of Windows.

“This is the first time a Web browser as complete and robust as
Opera 3.62 is available for BeOS,'’ says Jean-Louis Gassee, chairman
and chief executive officer of Be. “This enables first time and
professional BeOS users, as well as anyone working in the BeOS
development environment, to have a better Internet experience than
ever before.'’

The Opera family of Web browsers have received international
recognition from both users and industry press for speed,
standards-compliance and flexibility.

“We see a great promise in BeOS,'’ says Jon S. von Tetzchner, chief
executive officer of Opera Software. “Be’s platform has already proven
popular among desktop users, and we think the Opera 3.62 for BeOS will
increase its popularity even more.'’

The Opera Web browser was developed for BeOS in cooperation with
Hern Labs AB, a Swedish company offering development services and
cross-platform design.

About BeOS

BeOS(TM) 5 Personal Edition is ideal for first-time or casual
users who want to experience the power of a digital media operating
system, and is available for free at http://free.be.com. A
full-featured version of the operating system, BeOS 5 Professional
Edition, is available through our third-party publishers: Gobe
Software in the Americas and English speaking regions of the Pacific
Rim; Hitachi in Japan; and Apacabar and Koch Media in Europe . The
Professional Edition is bundled with additional applications and
services for advanced functionality that take advantage of the power
of BeOS, including features that make it ideal for individuals
involved in audio and video production.

About Opera 3.62

Opera 3.62 is the most feature-rich Web browser available for
BeOS. The features include: Web browser functionality, multiple
windows, 128-bit encryption, SSL 2 and 3, TLS 1.0, HTML 3.2,
JavaScript 1.1, CSS1, full zooming key mapped to a range of zoom
levels, plug-in support, and single-click toggling of images.

About Opera Software AS

Opera Software AS is an industry leader in the development of Web
browsers for the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has
received international recognition from end-users and the industry
press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than
other browsers. Opera Software AS is a privately held company
headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com

About Be Inc.

Founded in 1990, Be Incorporated creates software platforms that
enable rich media and Web experiences on personal computers and
Internet appliances. Be’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, California,
and its European office is in Paris, France. It is publicly traded on
the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEOS. Be can be found on
the Web at http://www.be.com/.

About Hern Labs AB

Hern Labs AB is a privately held company located in Linkoping and
Goteborg, Sweden. Its primary focus is on developing cross-platform
solutions, thereby helping software manufacturers expand their base of
potential customers by reaching new markets. Hern Labs can be reached
at www.hernlabs.se, info@hernlabs.se, or +46 13 20 32 00.

Be’s Forward-Looking Statement:

Statements contained in this Press Release that are not historical
facts are “forward-looking statements'’ including without limitation
statements regarding the future market penetration and market
acceptance of BeOS, and the future availability and performance of
BeOS applications. Actual events or results may differ materially as a
result of risks facing Be Incorporated or actual results differing
from the assumptions underlying such statements. Such risks and
assumptions include, but are not limited to, risks related to the
demand for, and our ability to meet the product and service needs of
the market; the market acceptance and market penetration of Be’s
products; our ability to establish and maintain strategic
relationships; the availability of third party software and hardware
for use with Be’s products; and the benefit of Be’s products to
customers. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in
their entirety by the “Risk Factors'’ and other cautionary statements
included in Be Incorporated’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 1999, and other public filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission.

Be and BeOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Be
Incorporated in the United States and other countries. Other brand
product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their
respective holders. All rights reserved.

15 Responses to “Opera 3.62 announced. confirmed final?”

  1. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Scott B @ 11/22/2000 11:57:57 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Typo fixed. I posted this right as i rolled/fell out of bed and into my desk chair for my morning email. Hadn’t even had coffee yet. :-(

    While this isn’t Opera 4, it is a public statement about Opera on BeOS. That is GREAT news, because it not only indicates that support from Opera is still strong for BeOS, it also is a public statement about beos… which we haven’t seen for a long time.

    I hope these kinds of releases continue. :)

  2. Manu Says:

    In Response To Scott B @ 11/22/2000 11:57:57 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    I should think that if enough BeOS users buy Opera 3.62, Opera Software will definately release Opera 4 for BeOS :-)

  3. Scar Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 11/22/2000 12:02:59 AM

    Before this begins…

    Let me say right now that the “but its not Opera 4″ debate has been thoroughly explored and thrashed elsewhere and the only thing it seemed to yeild was bruised egos and wasted bandwidth.

    Nutcase has hit the nail on the head. This is very good news for BeOS, and we would be wise to let Be and Opera know that we appreciate the development, and are looking forward to Opera 4.

  4. Zaranthos Says:

    In Response To Manu @ 11/22/2000 12:16:15 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    I bought 2 copies when RC1 came out :)

    I will probably buy more when 4 is out.

  5. Scott B Says:

    [No Subject]

    2 things:
    1. It’s spelled “announced”. The article title has a typo.

    2. While this is a good thing, it’s still not Opera 4. The confusion of whose responsibility it is to bring v4 to BeOS is still up in the air, from what I understand.

  6. Scott B Says:

    In Response To Scar @ 11/22/2000 12:21:41 AM

    Re: Before this begins…

    I agree that it is good news, but it is frustrating to see Be “running behind” in terms of software releases. All the claims about the BeOS API and how elegant it is and how easy it is to program for, and yet we get software that is a year old. If BeOS programming is so “friendly” why does this happen?
    I’m not trying to start a debate. You’ve got to admit that a technically superior OS should have technically superior software. I understand Hern Labs has tried to make this more than just a “port” and make it more BeOS native, but my statement still applies.

  7. 0dB Says:

    Opera 4 coming to BeOS (says Opera)

    If you go to Opera’s website, you can read an interview, in which it stated that work on Opera 4 has already begun:


    So no complaints about only getting 3.62, please. As for the confusion as to whose responsibility it is to bring Opera 4 to BeOS, that question is now answered on Opera’s website.

    Also, EPOC only has Opera 3.62, and EPOC has a fairly substantial customer base - so we’re not in bad company.

  8. Zaranthos Says:

    Opera final is cool!

    Much improved! I like it. Now to test secure connections…..

  9. MrEntropy Says:

    In Response To Scott B @ 11/22/2000 11:57:57 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    There is no confusion as to who’s responsibility it is to bring Opera 4 to BeOS. It’s Opera’s (or, I suppose, Hern Labs). It’s been hashed out on every email list and board known to man.

  10. Benno Says:

    3.62 purchase counts toward eventual 4.0

    According to the pricing scheme on their website, you should be able to upgrade to 4.0 for 15$, whenever that comes out. I don’t know about anyone else, but this goes a ways towards making me want to purchase 3.62… That and the idea of supporting Hern in their port of 4.0 by buying now.

  11. Mike Crosland Says:

    In Response To Scott B @ 11/22/2000 1:34:53 PM

    Re: Before this begins…

    It happens quite simply because there isn’t perceived to be a financial future in companies developing for BeOS. It’s not a question of the ease of the API, it’s entirely about money.

  12. sadistic_mystic Says:

    The thing that concerns me

    The thing that concerns me the most is not whether it is Opera 4, but when BeOS will see java!

    Why can’t they just give us personal java while we are waiting for the other one?

    They already finished it and ran it by Sun for approval. I mean really, why not?

  13. Salvo Says:

    Quality of This Version

    This version kicks arse over the previos versions.

    It’s still not as enjoyable to use as NetPositive, but what can one expect since it’s a port.

    It even accesses my Internet Banking service when it spoofs as Mozilla!

    I plan on purchasing it when they get thier website into order.

  14. Gilbert Fernandes Says:

    Their secure form doesn’t work and worse..


    I think Opera 3.62 is nice. I do use a DSL connection and I could not use BeOS as main OS because the PPPoe DSL didn’t work. Thanks do Whitehorn, a PPPoe driver is available, and I soon discovered the pains of using Net Positive to surf.

    Opera 3.62 RC1 crashed a lot, but Opera 3.2F is far more stable. So, since I use it several hours a day, I wanted to buy it. So I went to the secure form, filled all info and.. error 500. Niceee. The page said : write to abce@… so I did.

    Of course, that email doesn’t work nor seems to exist. So, as soon I got the mailer demon error, I sent a question from Opera’s site. Their secure form provider/handler is having problems. Ok..

    But, they then tell me : “you can send us your order that we will do manually”. Sure.

    They are asking me to send them my VISA order by email? Without any secure form of communication? Even the dumbiest of Internet newbies wouldn’t do such a thing!!

    I want an Opera 4. If that means buying 3.62 I will do. I don’t care : I already use 3.62 a lot. Perhaps they’ll want to put out 4.0 if we do buy it. If not, I’ll have a 3.62 that doesn’t show up that window on start.

    I have removed 98 the very same day the DSL driver worked (and beta 3 was loosing 6 PPP packets out of 10 and I used it for weeks!!!) and I want to be able to do web surfing with a good program.

    Take care all, and please support Be products. Opera is better than Net Positive. :o )

  15. David Huff Says:

    In Response To Benno @ 11/22/2000 6:03:16 PM

    Re: 3.62 purchase counts toward eventual 4.0

    Per an email I recv’d from Kristin Johanna at Opera
    back on 23 Oct:

    “We released BeOS candidate last week. BeOS 3.62 final
    version will be released soon. It will be a free
    upgrade to the 4.0 version.”

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