A new build of Opera 10.0 is now available for download. The browser continues to be in Alpha stage, but advanced to Build 1456 at the end of the past week. The release is now offered through Opera's autoupdate mechanism, and, as such, users will need to manually download and install the browser. Only the versions for Windows and Mac OS X are live at this point in time, with the Linux variant expected to drop this week. One of the enhancements delivered with the latest version compared to precursor builds is automated crash reporting. Users will no longer have to manually upload crash reports to the bug tracking system. However the feature only works on Windows so far, but it will also be tailored to Mac OS X and Linux in the future.
“When Opera crashes, it will open a dialog box which asks whether you want to report the crash to us. Clicking on "Options" lets you fill in some details, such as what you were doing when the crash occurred. There is also an option to restart Opera (enabled by default), so that you can get it up and running again right away,” revealed a member of the Opera team.
The automated crash reporting capabilities of Opera 10.0 Alpha will enable the Norway-based browser maker to boost the stability of its product throughout the development process. Opera has already put a system in place to handle the reports delivered by the crash reporting mechanism. In addition, Opera is promising that Alpha 10.0 Build 1456 is far from being feature-complete and that users are bound to see additional changes as the browser continues to evolve.
“This time around we have processed all the changes since the previous snapshot in order to be able to provide you with more details. The complete changelog has a lot of information that isn't applicable to the current public build, or that are of a sensitive nature, so there is quite a bit of manual work involved. We need to make sure that we get as many relevant changes as possible while at the same time avoid revealing something we shouldn't. Feature development for Opera 10 isn't finished yet, after all,” the Opera team representative added.
The latest build of Opera 10.0 for Windows is available for download here.
The latest build of Opera 10.0 for Linux is available for download here.
The latest build of Opera 10.0 for Mac OS X is available for download here.