Opera software has released an update to its flagship desktop web browser. This update incorporates Opera’s lightweight web server Unite, previously only available as a separate beta download, into the browser.
Opera 10.10 is an incremental update to Opera 10, released in September. If you’d like to take the new browser for a spin, head on over the to official site and download it. Opera 10.10 is a free download for all major platforms.
With Unite, Opera is making it possible for anyone to host their own server with the click of a button. Once Unite is up and running, anyone can connect to it from any browser. While your copy of Opera runs the server, your visitors can use any browser they’d like.
Opera Unite is probably the easiest way to self-host a web site that we’ve seen. However, it’s not without some significant drawbacks — namely the issues of bandwidth and uptime, which we covered in detail in our initial review of Opera Unite.
While upload speeds from most ISPs are reasonable, don’t expect your Opera Unite pages to perform like a server sitting at the end of fiber optic cable. Then there’s the uptime problem… put your laptop to sleep and your locally-hosted website disappears from the web.
Still, for casual purposes, like hosting some photos for friends and family or sharing some files, Opera Unite works admirably well.