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Here is a company that has never made a successful product... ever
Despite H.264 announcing it would go royalty free, Opera says the standard isn't open enough for them to support it
Opera mini, opera mobile, wii's browser, DS browser...
A good argument being made there, but here's my counterpoint:
1) Opera Mini/Mobile - How popular is this now? Opera was popular in the past because it was the only mobile browser engine out there with good->great standards compliance. It was popular by default - I mean what was the alternative, IE on Windows Mobile? Yikes! Now that a competitor through WebKit is available and we have iOS and Android using it, nearly everyone (and in the long term probably everyone) is switching to WebKit for their mobile browser needs - whether for good or bad.
2) Wii/DS Browser - How popular are these really? I suppose if you're without a cellphone & PC then perhaps it's useful, but I would say by and large people aren't browsing from their gaming machines. Keep in mind as well the console's popularity does not equate to the browsers popularity (since it's not the browser that's being sold here, it's the gaming/console), it's just a value-add that happens to be using Opera.
Opera used to be one of the browsers who would be acid compliant first. They still put in a big show and are awesome at keeping to standard. But recently, as you say, webkit is starting to be adopted. But it's not really competition for webkit on the phone market. Webkit is owning the smart phone market, but opera is still king on the stand mobile market (but how long till all phones are smart phones?)
But for opera's defence, nintendo did choose them, meaning there has to be some solid confidence (and success). Nintendo wouldnt risk stuff on the wii from a 2 bit company.