Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Opera is one of those companies which is leading innovation in the Web Browser segment. Despite being one of the strongest proponents of Open Standards on the Web, Opera's own development model is proprietary. We approached Shwetank Dixit, Web Evangelist, Opera to understand Opera's inclination towards keeping the development model proprietary and its strategy.
Swapnil: Do you have any plans to go open source?
Shwetank: Opera does not have any plans to go open source. Open source is a great philosophy, and has benefited many and we have deep respect for it, but its not for each and everyone. In Opera we believe that as great as open source is, its not for us. Unlike other browsers which are usually only on desktop, or at most mobiles (and that too, only one or a few platforms) Opera is on a range of devices, operating systems and platforms. Opera is on desktops (Windows, *nix and Mac), low end feature phones, high end smartphones, tablets, PDAs, gaming console devices and more, with a common 'core' engine running in all of them. This means we have to have a very clear vision of future releases, and a very tight control over the development process to ensure quality and timely releases across all of these platforms. An open source project, in which patches and additions are coming from all over the world and various intervals for various things, is not ideal for the way we work.