Norwegian browser maker Opera Software announced a distribution deal with a German Linux provider and released a minor, "point" upgrade to its Linux browser. The two announcements are part of what the Oslo-based, second-rung browser provider called its "Linux Bonanza Week."
Under the distribution deal, SuSE will include Opera in its 8.0 version of the open source Linux operating system. The browser upgrade, to version 6.02, comes after a similar upgrade announced this week for Opera's Windows browser, and corrects the same bugs in its support for Asian characters. The upgrade, along with a announced this week with Chinese software reseller Redflag Software Technologies, reflects Opera's strategic shift toward China, which has adopted policies that favor nonproprietary software, specifically Linux.