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Linux-friendly browser syncs devices, desktops

Oct 25, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Multi-platform browser vendor Opera Software today released a Web-based synchronization service said to share Opera browser information among desktops, mobile phones, and other devices. With Opera Link, says Opera, bookmarks, speed dial, and personal bar are all kept updated, thereby reducing tedious text input.

Opera Link is supported by two beta browsers also released today: Opera 9.5 and Opera Mini 4. Opera claims its Mini browser is the world's most popular mobile Web browser. Users of other Opera browsers for Linux, PC, and Macintosh can download a free Opera Link Web interface. Synchronization is available across multiple OS platforms, but it is currently limited to bookmarks, speed dial, and personal bar. Opera says that future versions will synchronize other browser settings.

Said CEO Jon von Tetzchner, “With Opera Link, we give [Opera users] a consistent experience uniquely suited to the way they want to use the Web.”

Desktop/device synchronization has also been mentioned as a possible feature of an upcoming mobile version of Mozilla Firefox, due in 2008. The technology is likely to be based on Mozilla's Joey Project, which reportedly would let users download bookmarks and other data from the desktop browser to the mobile browser via automated routines.


Opera Link is available immediately, through free downloads of the Opera 9.5 and Opera Mini 4 betas, or via a Web interface. Additional details and downloads are available on the Opera Link page and on the Opera Labs download page.

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