Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 22:57 UTC, submitted by irbis
Opera Software "Tabs. Mouse gestures. User-agent switcher. Dedicated transfer window. Pop-up blocking and javascript abuse filtering. Integrated search box. Page zoom. Session saver. Chew on those features. We'll be coming back to them."
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by richmassena on Thu 31st Jan 2008 06:04 UTC
richmassena
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2006-11-26

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Opera used to be so wonderful. I started using 2.1 on Windows 3.1 (in '97) or so and it just ran circles around everything. At the time it was said to be written in assembler, and it probably was given how well it ran.

In fact I used it faithfully until I discovered Konqueror and then the early incarnations of Firefox.

The computer press, as all of our media seems to, loves a dichotomy. It's easy to write about, easy to analyze, and to understand. The much vaunted rivalry between Netscape and Microsoft has garnered so much attention, there hasn't been room for a third browser.

What would make me move back to Opera when Firefox suits all of my needs? Nothing. I think Opera has missed its chance. Firefox is so good that only a major stumble in its development would make me consider anything else.

I think the Opera browser offers us another opportunity as with Be, as with Amiga, of something technically superior, which never reaches critical mass. I'm tempted to throw Linux into that mix as well. What all of these lacked was targeted marketing, presence, a clear vision of the future (this doesn't mean supported the latest standards, this is about ideas), aggressive goal-setting.

When the web now is such a backwards-ass non-standards compliant waste-land, html5 won't get you anywhere. What is Opera? How does it enable me to work differently?

Take a stand.

The vast majority of computer users don't want choice. A C compiler and a shell prompt is infinite choice, is it not? They want direction. They want to be shown new ways of working, they want to be lead by the hand. This is the market direction.
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