Opera takes Unite for spin with browser beta release
No sign of fat lady for browser/server hybrid
Norwegian browser maker Opera has pushed out a beta version of Opera Unite.
The web-browser-meets-web-server contraption, which the firm unveiled in June this year, has been loaded into the release of Opera 10.10.
Opera is unsurprisingly bigging up its tech platform by claiming it "shakes up the old client-server computing model of the web."
Previously, Opera released Opera Unite as a single entity. In September the browser firm pumped out Opera 10, but Opera Unite was notably absent from the build.
It's arrival in the latest browser beta indicates that the tech might well become a permanent feature in future versions of Opera.
The beta comes loaded with photo sharing, messenger, file sharing, web server, media player and something the company has dubbed "Fridge" - for users to share short notes with chums online.
When Unite landed in June, following an ad campaign from Opera that claimed it had something up its sleeve that would "reinvent the web", many were left cold when the mystery turned out to be a personal web server. But that hasn't stopped the firm from continuing to hype Unite's apparent internet game-changing properties.
"We are moving closer to our goal of reinventing the web and are excited to see Opera Unite continue to evolve in powerful and compelling ways," said Opera boss Jon von Tetzchner. ®
"I just don't get it... who in their right mind would merge a web browser with a web server?"
Simple. It makes the browser able to accept incoming requests, which opens a completely new world of possibilities.
"And then try to put the lot in the hands of the same people who can't keep their computer patched/updated or otherwise safe from external attacks?"
Unite is not just a standard web server, it's tightly locked down. It's no less secure than, say, any browser.
"If I want a web server on my windows machine, I'll install one of the myriad Apache windows packages that exist already."
Yeah, but most people can't do that. There's nothing to beat the ease of use that Unite brings to the table.
Smell the coffee
@Thomh - listen cocksnot, by sharing through "social" (read twadvertising) networks you usually lose most copyrights on the material. With Unite there are no strings attached.
Use cases - my brother can post snapshots of my nephew without Flickr disabling my account because I don't use it enough; I can share project documents without fear of Amazon's service going bang; I can stream selected articles of my Economist subscription (an excellent innovation) *even* easier than with ITunes and even the fridge is fun!
@ all - Opera does need to demonstrate that you can't break-out of Unite and pwn the server. Or at least that this is less trivial than with Fuckbook or Twats
Don't get it...
I just don't get it... who in their right mind would merge a web browser with a web server? And then try to put the lot in the hands of the same people who can't keep their computer patched/updated or otherwise safe from external attacks?
I must be missing something.
FFS, stop trying to make a program/browser/whatever that does everything. If I want a web server on my windows machine, I'll install one of the myriad Apache windows packages that exist already. but since I've already done that on a dedicated LAMP server, I guess I personally won't ever need to.
Looking at the acumen of the average web surfer, this is a security nightmare waiting to happen <shudder>.