Otter Browser

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Otter Browser
Developer(s)Michał Dutkiewicz
Initial releaseJanuary 1, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-01-01)
Stable release
1.0.03[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 22 February 2022; 9 months ago (22 February 2022)
Repository
Written inC++
EnginesQt WebEngine, QtWebKit
Operating systemUnix-like (Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD), macOS, Microsoft Windows, Haiku, RISC OS,[2] OS/2,[3][4] (ArcaOS)
PlatformQt
TypeWeb browser
LicenseGPL-3.0-or-later
Websiteotter-browser.org

Otter Browser is a cross-platform web browser that aims to recreate aspects of Opera 12.x using Qt framework while keeping seamless integration with users' desktop environments.[5][6][7] Otter Browser is licensed under GPL-3.0-or-later. It works on Linux-based operating systems, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, macOS, and Windows platforms (others in development).[8]

History[edit]

Following the decision by the board to change focus at Opera Software[9] towards quarterly profits, co-founder Jon von Tetzchner left the company. Opera then announced that it would switch from the Presto layout engine that it had developed to the WebKit rendering engine, also used by Google Chromium project.[10] It later followed Chrome again when it changed to the Blink rendering engine. Around the same time, the Opera community website My Opera was closed down. The new Opera left many of its users disgruntled.[11][12]

At this time, Michał Dutkiewicz began creating Otter Browser.[13]

The first iteration of the browser was released in 2014—an alpha release in binary form and source code.[14] A notable aspect of the emergent browser is its modular model, making it possible for users to replace components.[14]

Features[edit]

  • Password manager
  • Addon manager
  • Content blocking
  • Spell checking
  • Customisable GUI
  • URL completion
  • Speed dial
  • Bookmarks and various related features
  • Mouse gestures
  • User style sheets

Version History[5][edit]

Version Release date
Alpha 1 January 1, 2014
Alpha 2 February 1, 2014
Alpha 3 March 1, 2014
Alpha 4 April 1, 2014
Alpha 5 May 1, 2014
Beta 1 June 1, 2014
Beta 2 August 1, 2014
Beta 3 November 1, 2014
Beta 4 January 1, 2015
Beta 5 April 1, 2015
Beta 6 June 1, 2015
Beta 7 September 1, 2015
Beta 8 December 1, 2015
Beta 9 January 1, 2016
Beta 10 May 1, 2016
Beta 11 October 1, 2016
Beta 12 January 1, 2017
RC4 November 2, 2017
RC5 February 1, 2018
RC6 March 1, 2018
RC7 April 1, 2018
RC8 May 1, 2018
RC9 June 1, 2018
RC10 July 1, 2018
RC11 August 1, 2018
RC12 September 1, 2018
1.0.01 January 1, 2019
1.0.02 December 21, 2020
1.0.03 February 22, 2022

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://github.com/OtterBrowser/otter-browser/releases/tag/v1.0.03.
  2. ^ "RISC OS Developments release OBrowser as a fundraising initiative".
  3. ^ "Timeline Announcement for Public Beta of New Otter Browser".
  4. ^ "Otter Browser aims to bring Chromium to decades-old OS/2 operating system". 16 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Otter browser". Otter browser. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  6. ^ "Opera-Like Otter Web Browser Out In Alpha Form". Phoronix. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  7. ^ "Otter Browser Brings Hope To Opera Lovers". itsfoss.com. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  8. ^ Nestor, Marius (3 January 2017). "Opera 12 Clone Otter Browser Beta 12 Improves KDE Plasma 5 and Unity Integration". softpedia. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  9. ^ "Otter Browser PPA (release)". launchpad.net. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  10. ^ Wohlscheid, John Paul (2016-06-29). "[Review] Otter Browser Brings Hope To Opera Lovers". It's FOSS. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  11. ^ "Blink-based Opera 15 strikes a sour note with users". IDG. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Rebuilt Opera Browser Arrives on Desktop With User Backlash". Purch. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Десятый кандидат в релизы браузера Otter". www.opennet.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  14. ^ a b Brinkmann, Martin (2014). "The Otter browser project aims to recreate the classic Opera web browser - gHacks Tech News". www.ghacks.net. Retrieved 2019-03-08.

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