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One could argue that Opera now are in more need of 25 years old iOS developers, that 40+ C++ specialists.

To do what, make more Angry Birds clones?

Engineers that spent 15 years working on every possible mobile device aren't suddenly magically unable to start working on a new one.

Engineers that spent many years working on challenging problems in highly performance-critical areas of the core engine might not be all that interested in doing UI design on iOS.

I guess this depends on whether there will be more to Opera than a Chrome skin. Sigh.

Webkit ≠ Chrome. I think it's important that web developers do all they can to stop that idea becoming widespread, before people think all other browsers are just a knocked off version of Chrome.

Opera is basing its new browser on Chromium specifically, not just WebKit.

...which is why I used the term "it depends". If they knock off Chrome, they don't need back-end C++ programmers. If they don't, they'll need them where they want to technically innovate.

But apparently, it really will be a Chrome knockoff now.

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