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17.5.02 We launch our first new version in a year -- Opera 6.01 for trade unionists. Download your free copy here!
21.2.01 IDG.net.nz Unions launch free web browser [in English]
21.2.01 The Industry Standard Unions link up to the Web: Opera has teamed up with trade union group Labourstart to develop a free Web browser just for unions [in English]
19.2.01 about.com Beyond the website: unions need to start thinking about software - by Eric Lee [in English]
17.2.01 Parool Digitale klassenstrijd - Het proletariaat heeft een nieuw wapen gevonden in de klassenstrijd: met een vakbondsbrowser kunnen de arbeiders elkaar voortaan internationaal informeren via internet Worth checking out just for the graphic! [in Dutch]
16.2.01 01Net Les syndicats surfent sur un air d'Opera 5.0 [in French]
16.2.01 start.no Opera i støtet [in Norwegian]
14.2.01 Internet ACTU Opéra... syndical [in French]
12.2.01 de Volkskrant Speciale bondsbrowser gaat grootkapitaal te lijf [in Dutch]
8.2.01 Efront - Beta News Opera to Create "Grassroots" Browser [in English]
9.2.01 The Mac Junkie Opera To Create Unique Grassroots Browser [in English]
9.2.01 Webwereld Vakbondsleden krijgen 'browser op maat' van Opera [in Dutch]
9.2.01 Aftenposten Faforeningene velger seg Opera [in Norwegian]
9.2.01 Computerworld Opera for fagforeninger [in Norwegian]
8.2.01 Computer Sweden Opera gör webbläsare för facket [in Swedish]
8.2.01 Metall Opera gör webbläsare för facket [in Swedish]
8.2.01 LO (Norwegian national trade union center) Opera for fagbevegelsen [in Norwegian]
8.2.01 Newsbytes Opera Develops First Political Party Web Browser Warning: this article is temporarily offline [in English]
8.2.01 Planet Multimedia FNV-leden krijgen eigen internetbrowser [in Dutch]
8.2.01 Golem Network NewsOpera kooperiert mit Gewerkschaften Speziell angepasster Opera 5.0 für Gewerkschaftsmitglieder [in German]
8.2.01 Heise Online Gewerkschaften sollen Opera auf die Sprünge helfen [in German]
8.2.01 Internet News Opera Launches a Trade Union Browser [in English]
8.2.01 BrowserWatch Opera Releases Branded LabourStart Browser [in English]
8.2.01 Bergens Tidende Opera synger "Internasjonalen": Fagforeninger verden over tar i bruk nettleseren til norske Opera Software [in Norwegian]
8.2.01 ITavisen: Opera til grasrota LO pløyer vei for norsk nettleser [in Norwegian]
8.2.01 Digitoday.no: Opera-knep kan skaffe dem millioner av brukere [in Norwegian]
8.2.01 Opera Software - Press Release Opera to create unique grassroots browser: Opera, Labour and Society International Partners to Create Opera LabourStart Browser [in English]
"In the 21st century, trade unions and their members around the globe will increasingly use the internet to communicate. The LabourStart/Opera browser encourages this by providing, as standard, bookmarks for a broad range of trade union resources currently on the web."
- Bill Jordan, General Secretary, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
"LabourStart is already a very useful pointer to worldwide labour news. A global trade union web browser will be a valuable addition to this excellent resource."
Welcome to the world's first trade union web browser!
LabourStart and Opera Software announce the first-ever co-branded trade union Internet software
What's a trade union web browser?
By a trade union web browser, we mean one which has specific features built-in that make it more useful for trade unionists than an ordinary browser.
Why LabourStart?LabourStart is the world's premiere online source of trade union news. With 100 correspondents based on every continent, it has become an invaluable resource for activists.
By starting your day with its page as your home page, you can stay in touch as never before with the latest developments in the international labour movement.
What's not to like?We'd be dishonest if we told you that the Opera web browser was perfect. It isn't. So we thought we'd share a few of things that are wrong with it:
To make the browser free, Opera stuck an advertising banner in the corner of the screen. Yes, this is annoying. But Microsoft and Netscape are really doing the same thing, just in different ways, slightly more discrete. And anyway, if you really can't take it, you can buy a copy of Opera without the ads.
Also, for those of you using languages other than English, you might not be happy with Opera's inability in this current version to work with Unicode, which is the best way to display languages. Though we understand this is being taken care of in future versions.
Remember that when you upgrade to future versions of Opera, you will retain the bookmarks and home page you've gotten through this labour browser, so do feel free to upgrade once Opera fixes these things.
Important! If you already have Opera installed on your PC, click here. If you don't, continue reading . . .
The following versions of the browser are available. Please download from the site nearest to you to reduce strain on LabourStart's own server. Thanks.
Norwegian language - with special Norwegian bookmarks
Norwegian site: Download (Version 5.02)
Dutch language - with special Dutch bookmarks
Netherlands site: Download (Version 5.02)
OTHER OPERATING SYSTEMS
Versions for other operating systems (Linux, Mac) - coming soon. We will announce their availability here.
If you already have Opera on your PC and you then download version 5.11 from here, you'll get a nice new browser, but it won't give you our bookmarks (hot list). To obtain this file -- which should replace Opera5.adr on your PC, click here to download it: English - Dutch - Norwegian. Remember -- this is only for those of you who have already downloaded Opera before. (Included in the zipped file is the hotlist, called Opera5.adr; if you install this in your Opera directory, it will replace your existing Opera bookmarks, if you have any.)
We'd like to thank the following websites for mirroring the software downloads -- you might want to check them out:
Come to our Open Discussion Forum and we'll try to help out.
LabourStart is now designed using Opera as the default browser. That means that when we make any change to the site (or to any of the dozens of websites we design for the labour movement) we view it first in Opera. Why? Because of Opera's strict compliance with standards, pages that render correctly in Opera will also be fine in the other browsers. If, however, you are viewing your pages only in, say, Internet Explorer - watch out; people who use Netscape Navigator may not be seeing them correctly. Good web designers will have copies of all the current browsers on their systems, but if you're going to test view your pages in one, use Opera.