Opera 33 In Beta With Linux Proprietary Codecs Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 23 October 2015 at 03:27 PM EDT. 11 Comments
Opera made available a new beta update to their Opera 33 web-browser this week with some updated branding and other changes for Linux users.

Most notable to the new Opera 33 beta is that the Linux build can detect the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package and when present it will use those libraries to support some proprietary codecs on media elements, including H.264 and MP3 support. It's a small but important change and basically taking advantage of the Chrome/Chromium support given that it shares the same (Blink) browser engine.

More details on this week's Opera browser update can be found via the Opera blog.
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