Wikinews interviews on contributions to open-source: Opera
Monday, January 6, 2014
Wikinews interviewed, a company, about its contributions to , such as . Questions discussed current workflow, dynamics of contributions, and background.
Wikinews What caused your initial interest in open-source software?
- Bruce Lawson: Opera has long been involved in open source software — we've often used open-source software, enhanced it and committed it back before including it in products. Opera began the specification that's now called , bringing rich internet capabilities that were previously only available in proprietary plugins such as and into the open standard that is .
- Most recently, we've moved to using the open-source rendering engine and have established a team dedicated to enhancing Blink and so that it's better for everyone.
WN What is your current workflow regarding open-source contributions?
- Bruce Lawson: Branch, commit, rinse and repeat.
WN What would you say had changed during your contributions to open-source projects throughout the years?
- Bruce Lawson: The power and popularity of .
WN How would you describe the role of open-source software today?
- Bruce Lawson: Open source or closed source are equally valid; the vital glue is open standards for data interchange so that a user isn't locked into one vendor.
WN What effort do you put into localisation of your products? both open and not?
- Bruce Lawson: Opera is available in 54 different languages. So, a lot of effort!
WN Do you hire people for work remotely? How would you describe the dynamics of such trend over the years?
- Bruce Lawson: No; we have offices in Norway, , and but find it works best with everyone being physically close.