Opera 'will reinvent the web' on June 16

A mysterious web page, called "Freedom" in its URL, has appeared on Opera's site making the rather bold claim that, "[o]n June 16th at 9:00 a.m (CEDT), [the Norwegian company] will reinvent the Web." This sounds like hyperbole, but it has got people all over the Internet talking.

Some believe that this is the date the final for Opera 10 will be released, but others say that, however much promise that new version holds, it is unlikely to "reinvent the Web." Others speculate that it has something to do with Turbo, a manner of compressing web pages so that they load faster. The presence of clouds on the "Freedom" page has got some thinking that Opera is about to do something important with cloud computing.

One Opera employee writes enigmatically on Twitter, "We've put the internet on a USB stick so that you can always have a connection wherever you are!"

Checking the source code for the "Freedom" page exposes part of a hidden message that is slowly being revealed. As of today (June 13), the secret message reads: "We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer. Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was to connect them together. To share things. But as these little networks grew, some computers gained more power than the rest and called themselves servers...".

Whatever the case, we are promised a webcast on June 16 in which Opera will tell us what it is all about. With the mystery and the growing hype, many will be counting on them to deliver something sensational.

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Edit: I give up trying to get things to work. ;)

There is a comment in the HTML code as well, but it won't let me paste it in here.

I bet it will not be that interesting than it seems to be. We all know those marketing verdicts. They are nothing more than hot air.

I know what they're doing.

They are going to release a "Web O/S" or an online operating system. Since most computers have the ability to boot from a USB device, this O/S will simply act as a dumb terminal that utilizes your network card to connect to the internet, where you can login to your account. They probably will have some sort of "online desktop" where you can create shortcuts to various web applications, like email, google docs, etc. It's like taking Google's Chrome browser to a new level.

Or.. I could be wrong. :-P

Opera, Try reinventing yourself before you go after reinventing the web. A better logo would be a good place to start

TSO said,
Opera, Try reinventing yourself before you go after reinventing the web. A better logo would be a good place to start :)

but its not their fault, its the entire internet

Hyperbole much?

Something tells me that "reinventing the web" would have to involve a whole lot more than just some client software...

xUnix said,
dudes, Opera is a piece of crap... just that.


Opera is not a piece of crap. Its decent, not my top choice (i'm a microsoft nut) but its very nice compared to other browsers.

Opera can play the hype game too. Hope it works for them. Great features out of the box with no maintenance needed. I also use Firefox because of a single greasemonkey script I cannot do without.
And those boycotting Opera, go ahead it's your lost.

Sorry, Opera, this isn't going to distract people from your EU whining for very long. You've got a lot of growing up to do so get started.

Besides, if you were truly capable of "reinventing the web' then you wouldn't need to cry to the EU about your next-to-nothing browser marketshare now would you?

Oh! Enough guys! They are doing what they want to improve market share. It is not as if they are doing something illegal. They are taking a legal route and that is really their prerogative. Because Opera started it? Real mature there! While I don't particularly agree with the lawsuit, it is not enough reason for me to stop using it.

Besides, it is not as if they have never done anything truly innovative.

FoxieFoxie said,
Because Opera started it.

That's a silly way to look at it. No matter who started it, they all have the same views on the matter and are all following in Opera's footsteps.

C_Guy said,
Sorry, Opera, this isn't going to distract people from your EU whining for very long. You've got a lot of growing up to do so get started.

Besides, if you were truly capable of "reinventing the web' then you wouldn't need to cry to the EU about your next-to-nothing browser marketshare now would you?


cept it's the only browser that works. I use Flock and Opera. Flock to buy stuff and Opera to browse pix and read the news and say read this site. Loads faster.

gotta love it.. someone start reading the source code. Can always or almost always get something extra reading the source code.

just a few addon's in addition to the picture
<meta name="description" content="The Web is your browser. Discover how fast and fun the Web can be." />
(I assume they've come up with a browser that'll speed things up)
then this next one

<!--
We start our little story with the invention of the modern day computer.
Over the years, the computers grew in numbers, and the next natural step in the evolution was to connect them together. To share things.
But as these little networks grew, some computers gained more power than the rest and called themselves servers ...
-->

What I'm amazed nobody's doing:

Bayensian (sp?) filtering on a block level.

If I keep marking off stupid posts as things I don't want to see (i. e. Boycott Opera), it will eventually style them display:none by default.

Introducing Opera Online! Our very own private network. We'll start by mailing you tens of thousands of USB sticks that will include the software needed to connect.

The software itself is completely free! However, you will need to pay an hourly or monthly access fee. But don't worry, you can see how great our service is because we'll give you a 10 hour free trial! All you have to do is sign up with a valid credit card.

If you do not call us to cancel before your 10 free hours are up, we'll automatically enroll you in our standard $23.99 unlimited access plan. In fact, even if you do call to cancel, after we harass you on the phone to continue using our service, we might forget to actually cancel your account so you will have access and be charged anyway! Should we actually cancel your account, make sure you don't accidently open the program and log in again, that gives us permission to charge your credit card and enroll you in our standard service plan.

Our online service won't include access to the internet at first, but that's okay, you won't need it! When we release Opera Online 2.5 we will integrate a web browser that allows you to view outside websites, but not use any other applications that connect to the internet. That is a future enhancement planned for Opera Online 3.0! Well finally allow you to use other applications to connect to servers online, but we'll still require you to use our application to connect and it must remain running. This will take very little resources, which equals around 2GB of ram and 40% constant cpu time.

Be sure to look out for Opera Online 4.0 where we'll make a drastic change in how our service looks and only take up around 3GB of ram and 60% cpu time!

EmuZombie said,
Introducing Opera Online! Our very own private network. We'll start by mailing you tens of thousands of USB sticks that will include the software needed to connect.

The software itself is completely free! However, you will need to pay an hourly or monthly access fee. But don't worry, you can see how great our service is because we'll give you a 10 hour free trial! All you have to do is sign up with a valid credit card.

If you do not call us to cancel before your 10 free hours are up, we'll automatically enroll you in our standard $23.99 unlimited access plan. In fact, even if you do call to cancel, after we harass you on the phone to continue using our service, we might forget to actually cancel your account so you will have access and be charged anyway! Should we actually cancel your account, make sure you don't accidently open the program and log in again, that gives us permission to charge your credit card and enroll you in our standard service plan.

Our online service won't include access to the internet at first, but that's okay, you won't need it! When we release Opera Online 2.5 we will integrate a web browser that allows you to view outside websites, but not use any other applications that connect to the internet. That is a future enhancement planned for Opera Online 3.0! Well finally allow you to use other applications to connect to servers online, but we'll still require you to use our application to connect and it must remain running. This will take very little resources, which equals around 2GB of ram and 40% constant cpu time.

Be sure to look out for Opera Online 4.0 where we'll make a drastic change in how our service looks and only take up around 3GB of ram and 60% cpu time!


Really you can reinvent the web that way hahaha

Well you see the cloud. I see those lightning too. I guess they wanna show the fastest browser till date.

But is that reinventing? So i guess i am wrong. I can wait till June 15th

LAMj and neoraptor might not be far from the truth; ever heard of "freenet"? It would be interesting if Opera found a way to do it better and simply intergrated it into a browser.

I thought about that when I read LAMj's comment, too. But something like freenet would make governments very nervous, once they understand how it works and how difficult it makes it to monitor anybody's actions. There's a reason all kinds of hardcore illegal material abound on those servers.

I've got nothing against that degree of freedom and anonymity. You have to take the bad with the good, and torrenting mp3s isn't exactly 'bad' enough to provide that kind of balance. But man, law enforcement would be pitiful for years, playing catch-up and trying to find ways to regulate it short of shutting it down.

Xionanx said,
LAMj and neoraptor might not be far from the truth; ever heard of "freenet"? It would be interesting if Opera found a way to do it better and simply intergrated it into a browser.


I was thinking the same thing. P2P web, where the client is also serving to other local clients.

They integrate torrent to its core so that the web will never die because there are literally massive mirrors of them. OK that a load of shetz, but it probably be something to cloud computing.

<meta name="keywords" content="Opera, browser, internet browser, web browser, browsers, browser download, browser software, free browser, web browsers, webbrowser, best browser, secure, new browser, fastest, beta" />

One Opera employee writes enigmatically on Twitter, "We've put the internet on a USB stick so that you can always have a connection wherever you are!"

Yeah, it's called mobile broadband. :P

I will guess they need to sue Microsoft the first time before they can do this... but don't let facts get in the way...

what said,
I'm expecting this to be a bad case of overhype.

They don't use the hype stuff in advance though, so it's a bit confusing IMHO. :S Bold words, lol.

<meta name="description" content="The Web is your browser. Discover how fast and fun the Web can be."/>

<meta .... new browser, fastest, beta" />

Just version 10 (beta), introducing Turbo.

I've heard that it's going to be some kind of fish-based product. Whatever it is, I'd put money on it not living up to the hype.

I'm betting it will be very innovative, but I doubt it'll "reinvent the web". I sure do hope some big improvements are done.