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Rooting for the little guy is the entrepreneurial way. And for Web surfers who want to walk that walk, the browser of choice has to be Opera Software (, made by a small software outfit in Kjeller, Norway, with only 11 employees. Unlike the big guys, Opera isn't free. After 30 days, you pay $35 for a license or it fizzles into extinction.

But many who try it are buying this extremely small (less than 1MB, compared to more than 10MB for the competitors) and fast browser that's capable of handling pretty much everything Web designers throw at it, from Java to Active X. Another plus: Because the program is so diminutive, it can even run on old 386SX machines (both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 versions are available).

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