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Opera Open Sources Dragonfly 78

netux writes to mention that Opera has released Dragonfly, their answer to Firebug, as an open source project under the BSD license. The release features a complete architectural overhaul using a modern version of the Scope Protocol (STP-1), a Mercurial repository on BitBucket, and a Wiki to get the ball rolling. "This is Opera’s first full open source project, so there will be a learning curve. We ask you to bear with us while we get everything up and running and policies in place. Coming from a closed source background there are some hurdles to overcome, such as the current bug tracking system being on a closed server. We hope to migrate to an open bug tracking system as the project gets on its feet."
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Opera Open Sources Dragonfly

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  • by Rhaban (987410) on Friday February 19, 2010 @11:43AM (#31199818)

    The name is not new, dragonfly has been in opera for something like 2 years.

    Since it can not possibly be mistaken for dragonfly bsd, I think it's not a real problem. If you want your product name not to be used for something else, start by not using an existing word.

  • by Kjella (173770) on Friday February 19, 2010 @12:06PM (#31200118) Homepage

    netux writes to mention that Opera has released Dragonfly, their answer to Firebug, as an open source project under the BSD license. The release features a complete architectural overhaul using a modern version of the Scope Protocol (STP-1), a Mercurial repository on BitBucket, and a Wiki to get the ball rolling.

    But would it be too much to ask that the summary contains at least once sentence about WTF the Scope Protocol is and what it can be used for?

  • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Friday February 19, 2010 @03:45PM (#31202854)

    In this case it is two pieces of open-source software meant to run on general computing hardware.

    If you're going to describe it in the broadest possible terms, then yeah you can introduce confusion. If you realize that one of them is an operating system, and one of them is essentially a browser plugin, then you can use the context of the discussion to remove ambiguity.

    "I used Dragonfly to inspect the DOM and modify some styles."

    What do you think that means, do you think that means someone booted into BSD and somehow loaded up a document object and stylesheets into the OS?

    "I booted into Dragonfly and uploaded the update."

    What do you think that means, do you think that someone is using Opera's debugging tools to boot their computer?

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