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Opera Unite: A Server in a Browser



Been pondering ways to repurpose my old Tablet PC. One thought was to turn it into a server to act as a hub and connection point for my files and whatnot, but I’ve been too lazy to implement that. Turns out, my sloth may have paid off.

The folks who brought us Opera, the super-speedy web browser, have taken the wraps off a new, experimental project called Opera Unite, which adds server functionality directly into a browser, turning your computer into your own personal cloud. No messing around with operating systems or special hardware or anything fancy. Server functionality is added to your computer via extensions/add-ons to the browser.

Opera Unite services

Opera Unite services

Among the services currently offered are file, media, and photo sharing, as well as chat and a web server. The feature that caught my eye was Fridge, a note-sharing system. With that, I could turn my tablet into a central noteboard, which is another idea I had for its repurposing. I’m sure my old tablet will be a bit sluggish with some of that, but I know it can run Opera, so I’m looking forward to giving this a test run when I get home. Video instructions/demo after the jump.

Via Lifehacker, which has its own rundown and assessment of the functionality.



  1. Chris R

    06/16/2009 at 4:46 pm

    A server in a browser…? I like it. I may not need it, but I can definitely see some potential in this.

    Good luck Opera.

  2. Ronk

    06/16/2009 at 4:47 pm

    I like the browser. It uses less resources than Firefox but doesn’t have the plugins that I am addicted to.
    I will definitely check this out.

    I might even give up give up Firefox.

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