I’ve been using Opera for a long time (over two years I believe) but as of today I am a registered customer. I decided they deserve my support and bought a license for Linux and Windows. The immediate benefit is that I no longer have to see the ads, but I was used to them, so it’s nice, but not worth the expense. The reason I paid for a license is because it gave me the opportunity to contribute to a small company who has created an excellent product. It’s empowering to voluntarily approve of their software by purchasing a license and it may not be much, but if everyone does a little, a lot can happen.