The Opera web browser released version 54.0.2952.41 today, and precompiled binaries are already available for several popular platforms. It looks like Opera’s current developers are rededicating themselves to ensuring that their browser is compatible with as many different desktop and laptop platforms as possible.
The official FTP site is currently offering setup installers for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows machines.Some software developers are phasing out upgrades for people who continue to run i386 equipment, but it seems as though Opera has plans to continue to support both flavors of Microsoft Windows for some time. There are also auto-update packages offered for existing users of Opera on both architectures.
macOS users will be able to find a new setup file distributed as an Apple Disk Image, which should preserve the unique permissions necessary to get the new browser running on Apple’s proprietary hardware. Existing Opera deployments on the macOS and OS X platforms can be easily upgraded with the included .tar.xz file.
Open-source fans weren’t left out of the rain either. The FTP lists DEB and RPM packages for this new version of Opera, though only amd64 machines are supported. Nevertheless, this should support a majority of modern Ubuntu and Fedora installs. Those who are using the other *buntu distributions as well as 64-bit Linux Mint shouldn’t have any problem adding the package either.
Recent news headlines have been carrying stories about how the latest browsers have helped to dramatically reduce the risk of various types of cyberattacks, as the tools that these attacks are based on work with older technology. As a result, those who want to be sure they’re safe can take advantage of this free upgrade.
Some commentators might also consider deployment of the Opera browser to be one useful example of security through obscurity. Since fewer people currently use it, there’s less of a risk of a cyberattack directly exploiting a vulnerability found in its code.
Opera is quickly becoming the most popular browser in some parts of the world. While it only commands less than 3 percent of the market share currently, experts predict continued growth in coming years.