Fans of the Opera Internet browser have long given up the hope of seeing their favorite software get a Linux version. There are a few stranglers that still hang on to the old version, but there is no indication that anything will happen on the Linux front.
The developers are well aware that a number of users are pushing the old 12 branch of the Opera browser to its limits. Among those people there are also a few Linux users who haven’t given up yet.
The Opera developers have now updated the old Opera 12 with a Heartbleed fix, but only for the Windows version. It seems that the Linux and the Mac versions were not affected by this problem.
“Opera 12.17 is therefore a recommended security upgrade on Windows. While it is unlikely that someone has gained access to a certificate of ours, we cannot rule out that some foreign intelligence agency has done so, and we want to be on the safe side. Opera 12 for Windows will update itself automatically. Mac and Linux are not affected, and will not receive a 12.17 update,” reads the official announcement.
While the work of the Opera developers is commendable, it’s sad that a Linux version has yet to appear. Moreover, with the exception of a few promises made more than a year ago, Linux hasn't even been mentioned.
This means that we’ll keep using that old working version until it dies of natural causes.