PC-BSD® Delivers Opera Browser on the Desktop


March 20, 2007

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iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider and corporate sponsor of PC-BSD, announced today a redistribution agreement with Opera Software that will allow the next version of PC-BSD to have an option for the user to select Opera as the default web browser. Opera is a native FreeBSD web browser that was not previously available on PC-BSD as a default installation option.

With the addition of the Opera Web browser, PC-BSD provides a fast, robust, widely used and accepted browser for an enhanced user experience,” said Matt Olander, CTO of iXsystems. “This makes one less thing you need to download after installation to have a more usable system.

Opera offers advanced features for efficient and productive Web surfing, including integrated search, widgets, transfer manager, password manager, pop-up blocking, and tabbed browsing. Users also benefit from Opera’s robust security features, including new Fraud Protection, Opera’s unique anti-phishing technology. Opera’s built-in email client provides the user with a combined e-mail program, news reader, mailing list organizer and RSS/Atom newsfeed reader, while the IRC client enables worldwide chat and file sharing.

One of the great things about PC-BSD is that it is designed with the casual user in mind, but still has all the power and customization Linux users expect,” said Tatsuki Tomita, Executive Vice President Opera Mini and Desktop Business Unit, Opera Software. “We think Opera has similar characteristics. It’s great for casual Web browsing and comes loaded with advanced features to keep power users engaged and active.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com.

About PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a rock-solid, fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its Push-Button Installer (PBI) system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and easy-to-use format. iXsystems is the corporate sponsor of PC-BSD. To learn more about PC-BSD visit http://www.pcbsd.org.

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Denise Ebery, iXsystems
Phone: (408)943-4100
Visit the website: www.iXsystems.com
Send an email: info@ixsystems.com

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