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"I've been using [Opera] since the 7.0x days, and I actually paid for it back when it wasn't free.
Same here, too, but since version 5. Actually, Opera still is my favourite browser, it can even do this "Flash" stuff without much work. The only thing I don't like about Opera is the fact that configuration has gotten more complext and decentralized, but the more features an application has, the more complicated it is to setup.
"[...] and it's an even bigger shame that some sites discriminate against it."
Yes, I see this problem and encounter it some times, but sites not willing to use any standards are not worth to be used / viewed at. One goal for site developers should be to provide barrier free access, but they usually just think about using the newest "Flash" stuff and extraordinary nonstandard HTML extensions. That's a sad development.
"If that wasn't the case, I think it'd catch up to Firefox in terms of marketshare, perhaps even surpass it."
Market share? Wouldn't you better have used "usage share"? :-)
Just to add it, PC-BSD is one of the OSes I usually like to recommend and give away to users that don't want to use (pirated copies of) "Windows" anymore with all its problems and security issues. The easy PBI package system and the stable base system are really nice, combined with KDE, PC-BSD offers a complete desktop system for most purposes of home users. (Personally, I prefer a "real" FreeBSD.)
So, PC-BSD team, keep the good work running!