Skip to comments.Opera lets browser be used as a server
Posted on 06/17/2009 4:29:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono
A Norwegian firm has created technology that allows a Web browser to also function as a Web server, allowing individuals to share their files or communicate with others directly from their own computers. Opera Software's new technology is available as part of a beta for its browser, Opera 10. The feature, called Opera Unite, enables users to push content and establish communications without the need for third-party companies, such as Facebook, AOL or Flickr.
Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner called it a giant leap in the Internet, dubbing it Web 5.0. "We're enabling every single user, every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet," he said in a Webcast. "Every device can share information." Opera Unite is available now with six free applications built by Opera. They include applications for photo sharing, media streaming, chatting, file sharing and a bulletin board.
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Now THERE is a great idea
Now thats change I can believe in.
yeah no security concerns there
Ordinarily I would dismiss it as a PR stunt and one of those because-it-can tech demonstrations that doesn’t have a real-world use but given our current socioeconopolitical climate we might just need personal servers to communicate the way dissidents in Iran need Twitter right now.
We have Opera on our Wii.
I would like it if it could support Flash.
I will pass on that idea.
I have a web server for that.
....hmmm, a big red O that doesnt frighten me......very nice.....
What will the RIAA say?
If browsers are downloaded free, how do companies like Opera generate sales?
“I’m still waking up I guess, at first I thought the headline was ‘Oprah lets browser be used as a server’ and I thought ‘omg, is she going to tell us she’s a tech guru next?’
Me too, ha ha. I’ve had coffee, I must need my glasses.
Opera is a nice browser. I use it quite a bit.
I poked around. No https. Your letting Opera know what files you’re making available.
Oh, fer cryin' out loud. Can't people stop with the hyperbole for even a minute? "Web 5.0" my arse -- it's a freakin' browser. Next he'll call it a "Paradigm Shift". Can somebody tell him that P2P is old hat?
> "We're enabling every single user, every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet," he said in a Webcast. "Every device can share information."
A colossally BAD idea, in the hands of regular users.
There's a reason SERVERS are built and run and administered differently from HOME COMPUTERS.
I got nothing against Opera, but this is not a good development.
Not while I or any SysAdmin I know are on the job. We have enough security issues to deal with already.
Care to share your wisdom?
I’m very excited about this. I designed a whole website at work almost straight from Opera. I had access to other design software during the process, but I found the easiest for doing CSS and HTML on, and getting an automatic update on the page right after. Also the fact that they have just about everything in Opera (including bit torrent software built right in, saving your websites when the computer goes out, widgets that help with design, etc.) it’s my favorite when doing design work. I do not use it however for everyday use. It still can’t handle facebook.
Opera makes money from Google via the search toolbar, and from the pre-set bookmarks which are "pay-for-play".
How did you put Opera on your Wii?
Opera comes with the Internet Channel.
It costs five bucks and is well worth it.
We watch YouTube videos on our plasma tv.
Tonight we were watching last season’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” then turned this season’s on at 9.
How do you feel about posting SSL pages on Opera?
(DH the CIS guy asks)
So, do I do something on the Wii to download Opera’s Internet Channel? Can you give more details? Thanks.
No, we didn’t do a thing. As soon as we got the Internet Channel, we got Opera.
Go into the Wii Shopping Channel, go into Wii Channels and buy the Internet Channel (it will be 500 Wii points which is 5.00. That’s forever). Go back to the Wii menu and it will be in one of the squares there.
That is the browser you are given.
Like I said, we watch YouTube, and I can check MySpace or read Free Republic! All on my plasma tv.
You do have to have WiFi to get the signals to the Wii, but once you are set on that, you can get The Internet Channel as well as play MarioKart with people all around the world!
A giant leap in the Internet, dubbing it Web 5.0?
Not quite. This is not an Opera innovation. The “fishbowl” browser has already integrated a web server into a browser.
Also, Tonido did this same thing 3 months ago (http://www.tonido.com), offering a cross-platform open source app to accomplish the same goal.
From a browser? No problem -- all modern browsers can POST using SSL to a remote secured server.
This article is talking about turning every home computer into a server, administered by.... whom? Bubba the User? With what background and experience? God help the internet.
P2P is enough to do what most sharers want. There's no justification for this sort of security hole. Hole? It's a freakin' gaping maw.
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