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I noticed that Opera browser is in version 12.16 for Linux version 22 for Windows.

Why is there such a dramatic difference in version numbers?

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Opera 22 is not the Opera you know and love. It is a completely different program, contains no old Opera code and is based on the Google Chrome codebase.

The original Presto-based Opera has been discontinued after version 12. It is still supported for security fixes, but no new features will be added and websites may get borked.

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Yup, Opera 12.17 is available for windows too, you just have to find it in the downloads section. Its a bit hidden on the opera website. But it is so much better than opera 22. Opera 22 still misses a lot of the cool features 12.17 has. – LPChip Jul 19 '14 at 22:16
@LPChip Completely agree. Opera 12 is the only Android browser that allows me to disable rescaling of images, and i use it to this day. – kinokijuf Jul 20 '14 at 7:56
Actually, Opera and Chrome use a fork of WebKit called Blink. – Amos M. Carpenter Jul 20 '14 at 13:23

Starting with Opera 24 you'll get a Linux Build again. But as @kinokijuf said, this new version is completely based on Chromium Code and has nothing to do with the old Opera.

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