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Opera 11.01 snapshot: Mail improvements, crash logging and widget detection on Mac, and faster DNS resolution on Linux/FreeBSD

January 11th, 2011

God ettermiddag frå Oslo.

There are lots of new interesting projects emerging at Opera behind the release of Opera 11. We’re not letting you guys see any of that just yet, but we will be serving more bug fixes and increasing stability.

Highlights:

  • Fresh batch of mail improvements
  • Experimental changes to the crash logger on Mac (more)
  • Changed how Opera is detected during widget start-up on Mac (more)
  • Slow DNS responses due to IPv6 fixed on Linux/FreeBSD (more)

Mac users: This snapshot only will contain a special version of our crash logger to help us determine the cause of a very elusive crash on Mac. If you’re having frequent crashes or know of someone who does, then please use this build and submit crash logs as usual. (Other platforms have the normal crash logger. The Mac crash logger changes will be reverted after this special testing release.)

Mac widget users: You must uninstall all widgets and reinstall them using this build. We have changed how our standalone widgets detect the Opera bundle on your machine, thus making them much more stable and less prone to fail on update. Unfortunately we cannot automatically update older widgets. Get widgets!

Linux/FreeBSD users: If you have problems with connections being slow to initiate, or not initiate at all, we believe that this build has a fix for you. The problems we’ve identified are a combination Opera behaviors and bugs, one glibc bug, and some DNS bugs. We believe we have worked around most of these issues by determining if there is a usable IPv6 connection before we do the DNS lookup, and then don’t do any Ipv6 lookup if there isn’t. Please test this build and report back with network logs if you used to have connection problems and it works now, or vice versa.

WARNING: This is a development snapshot: It contains the latest changes, but may also have severe known issues, including crashes, and data loss situations. In fact, it may not work at all.

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