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Opera Unite: A Personal Webserver Built In to Your Browser, Part 1

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Browsers can be reasonably considered a mature technology. We all know what they're supposed to do: serve up whatever web content we choose quickly and easily, and hopefully not burn up a lot of CPU/memory resources in the process. Opera Inc. decided to go against the flow and add a personal content server that is available simply by being enabled. In Part I of this two-part article, technology expert A. Lizard shows you how to improve Opera Unite's security above the level that exists by default in the browser. He tells you why Opera Unite is best suited right now as a LAN server without Internet access, shows you how to make it work on the Internet via IP address or dynamic IP address as delivered by your broadband provider, and explains how to run two separate instances of Opera simultaneously.
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Opera is trying something new. They bundled a simple webserver/communications platform setup as a version of Opera 10-beta. Installable binaries are available for Linux (rpm/deb versions), Mac, Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris on the Opera Unite website. This article discusses the Linux version, though the general information should describe how it works on any platform type.

What Can Opera Unite Do for Me?

It can do the following:

  • LANserver
  • Personal webserver (in early beta, some assembly required)
  • Shared Post-It message board
  • Streaming media broadcaster
  • Remote file access
  • Photo sharing
  • New functionality as developers write it
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