Opera Desktop dead? maybe :-/
""This week has been a bit emotional for some of us as we learned that the company many of us worked for before, Opera, dismantled its Oslo desktop team and fired some 70 employees around the world. As you can imagine, this is a major move for the company as this is where it all started, with the desktop browser in Oslo.
Many of our good friends around the globe lost their jobs. Our thoughts are with them all. Clearly this makes our task even more important and we will continue to work hard making the best browser available for you, our friends.""--https://vivaldi.net/blogs/teamblog/item/25-snapshot-1-0-161-1-more-bugfixing
Vivaldi is a browser that showed up earlier this year started by a bunch of ex-opera engineers dissatisfied with the direction the browser had been going.Sort of a "spiritual successor" taking on a lot of the features Opera dropped when they ditched their old Presto engine and started using Webkit.
Vivalid also used Webkit but also within one released managed to replace a lot of the features Opera said would take a long time to reimplement with Webkit - possibly pointing to where the skilled coders were, or that Opera was being badly managed?
In either case its a shame to see Opera go. While they only had a tiny fraction of the market they introduced a lot of features quickly adopted by Firefox & Chrome, and were always at the front of standards support - partly down to employing Håkon Wium Lie as their chief technical operator.
There is of course a possibility that they are firing people merely to rehire cheaper labour located elsewhere - but thats hardly a good sign for a company either.