Opera Dragonfly page is live

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 20, 2008
Updated • Dec 11, 2012

Many rumors have emerged when it became public that the Opera team created a website that announced something called Opera Dragonfly without revealing what it really was at that time. The page remained untouched for some time until today. It has changed and Opera Dragonfly is apparently a Opera products mailinglist.

At least that is what you get when you visit the website. You can signup for the Opera products mailing list by entering your name, email and a rather hard to read captcha. They also have a definition of a Dragonfly on that page, it reads: "A fast-flying long-bodied predatory insect of the order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera. Valued by humans for their ability to spot and hunt down harmful bugs from great distances."

You will receive an email after signup which will tell you that you successfully subscribed to receive email updates on Opera product releases. I'm not sure what to make out of this, definitely not what I or anyone else have expected.

Update: Some of my readers pointed out that it could also be a way to increase usability and be a notification list when the real Dragonfly product will be released. Since there is zero information on this topic we are left to a guessing game though.

Update 2: You can run Opera Dragonfly directly from within the Opera desktop client. The easiest way to do just that is to use the Ctrl-Shift-I shortcut to do so.

The interface is then displayed at the bottom of the Opera window. The left pane displays the page's source code, the right style information. You can however use buttons at the top to switch to other displays including network information, resources, or the stored cookies and the date they expire.


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  1. Sambi said on March 21, 2008 at 6:40 am

    “harmful bugs”

    Guys this is software like Firebug in Firefox.

    Wow, can’t wait to get my hands on that.

  2. Rarst said on March 21, 2008 at 1:57 am

    “You can now sign up for the Opera products mailing list to find out information as we release it, on Dragonfly and other Opera products.”

    Blog author works for opera, so mailing list is really only usual mailing list and product itself still remains secret. :)

  3. Martin said on March 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Good point guys, I added your thoughts to the article.

  4. Max said on March 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I very much doubt that this is the final Opera Dragonfly page. I think they updated it to let users have a chance to sign up to get an email alert for when the real Dragonfly page goes live.

    “Valued by humans for their ability to spot and hunt down harmful bugs from great distances.” This seems like a clue to me. Perhaps Opera is working on some sort of software that makes finding bugs in programs 1000% easier? Who knows.

    I could be wrong though.

  5. johnnysaucepn said on March 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I’m pretty sure Dragonfly isn’t the mailing list – you’re subscribing to get notified about Dragonfly when they release it!

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