Opera Shows Its Love for the Environment
Article by George Norman
On 24 Jun 2010
I show my love for the environment by recycling, and by turning devices off if they are not doing anything – for example I turn off my computer if it is not doing anything (or I set it to shut down at a specific time, to cut down on energy usage). It gives me great pleasure to find out that some of the biggest names in the software industry care for the environment as well and try to reduce their carbon footprint.

Like Google, who uses goats to mow some fields at its Mountain View headquarters; or Opera Software, who just recently announced it will switch to a new generation of servers. The new servers, which provide Opera Mini and Opera Turbo services for more than 120 million active Opera users worldwide, consume 35% less energy than the older ones. After the change Opera Software expects to see a performance increase of around 30%.

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“Opera Mini is the world’s largest mobile browser and growing rapidly. To keep up with growth while maintaining a low overhead on resources, having the optimal configuration of hardware is essential,” commented Opera Co-founder Jon von Tetzchner.

“Users of Opera browsers expect the world’s fastest browsing experience across devices, platforms or operating systems. In order to continue to successfully deliver this level of service, we rely on our IT infrastructure to support our business by providing top performance and reliability,” commented EVP of Engineering with Opera, Rikard Gillemyr.

This is not the first time that Opera shows its love for the environment. The Norwegian software developer recently unveiled a new Icelandic data center that wastes less energy and uses more environmentally-friendly power.

In related news, Opera Software recently released Opera 10.5.4 to Windows and Mac users. Opera 10.5.4 is a security update that fixes two extremely severe issues on the Windows front and one extremely severe issue on the Mac front. Opera 10.5.4 fixes other security issues – I just mentioned the extremely severe ones.



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