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Dec222009

Opera 10.5 pre-alpha, codename Evenes Released

Opera released the pre-alpha build of Opera 10.5 codenamed Evenes. Opera 10.5 pre-Alpha features version 2.5 of Presto rendering engine, but also new Carakan JavaScript engine which delivers an impressive boost in performance compared to Opera 10.10. The browser also ships with a new graphics library, labeled Vega. “Carakan is our new JavaScript engine. It’s fast, more than 7x faster in SunSpider than Opera 10.10 with Futhark on Windows (Mac optimization is not as far along)” Mateu stated. “We’re now using Presto 2.5, which contains a huge numbers of improvements. It also includes support for CSS3 transitions and transforms, and more HTML5 features like persistent storage. Vega is our new graphics library. It’s currently software based and displays everything you see on-screen. Vega can be hardware accelerated, but as you can see from the complex graphics benchmark in Peacekeeper, we don’t seem to need it yet.” Users of Windows 7 and Windows Vista will be able to enjoy a more consistent level of integration, when it comes down to the next iteration of Opera.

Download: Opera 10.5

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