Opera publishes version history, rewrites history

A document detailing the history of the desktop version of Opera has been published. Ever wonder when a feature was first introduced or when a specific version was released? Look it up here!

If anyone spots any errors or omissions, let us know.

It should be noted that in the process of publishing this document, Opera Software has also rewritten history… ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: An updated document has now been published. It contains more information, and also clarifies the situation with the "Elektra" name. …

The document refers to "Elektra" as a rendering engine, and also claims that Opera 5 and 6 were called "Elektra". This was not really the case. "Elektra" was the codename for the 4.0 release of Opera – the whole browser, just like "Merlin" was 9.0-9.2, "Kestrel" was 9.5-9.6, and "Peregrine" is Opera 10.

But nowadays, browser engines are supposed to have names, and people started referring to the engine in Opera 4 and then 5 and 6 (even though I'm not even sure if they had a separate "engine"). I'm not sure exactly when this started, but I have a suspicion that it was incorrectly introduced into Wikipedia, and started spreading from there. Wikipedia changed history, and the world followed ๐Ÿ™‚

Since the popular belief now is that Elektra was just a rendering engine, and Opera 5 and 6 were built on the Elektra (Opera 4.0) foundation, Opera Software decided to go with the flow and make it easy to refer to the "engine" (i.e. rendering capabilities (thanks, Snorre :))). Each version has a version number for reference anyway.

While Opera Software has officially "rewritten" history, I hope this little piece of information is not completely lost. It might be of some remote interest to "Opera-philes" at least ๐Ÿ™‚


12 thoughts on “Opera publishes version history, rewrites history

  1. There's an update for the history document coming up which might actually clarify things a bit, in an official manner.

  2. Opera 2.12 was also able to block Referer:, to easily adjust actions on specific MIME types, empty cache on exit, disable images animation or frames, launch sounds at startup, when page loaded, on exit…A SMTP and NNTP client was already inside Opera v2.0 ยซ Spesialversjon for GIGA ยป[/U] (history page wait for Opera 4 to mention it).Thank you for this very usefull page.– Pierre

  3. quite interesting… looking forward to read more and above all, a correction of this mis-information in the history document.

  4. Opera Mobile is also an Opera product that's been around for over a decade. It would be neat to see a verion history of that. Would be cool to see some historical Opera Mini stuff too!

  5. Originally posted by Opera version history:

    Content blocking Apr. 20, 2006: 9.0 beta 1 Jun. 20, 2006: 9.0 final

    No… Content blocking was available in Opera 6.02 (2002) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ See 6.02 changelog : http://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/602/Originally posted by 6.02 changelog:

    URL filtering can be enabled in "opera.ini"

    — Pierre

  6. The content blocker is not the same as the URL filter. The latter is an actual user interface. The URL filtering file should probably be added if it isn't listed, though.

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