Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jun 2008 10:20 UTC, submitted by Jarle Anfinsen
Opera Software Opera 9.5 has been released, beating Firefox 3.0 to the punch which is supposed to be released soon as well. The marketing speak: "Opera's cross-device expertise, support for open Web standards and commitment to speed and performance culminate to create the most powerful Opera browser yet. Making its desktop debut in Opera 9.5, Opera Link blurs the boundaries between computers and mobile phones by enabling a seamless Web experience from device to device." Get it from Opera.com.
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opera to firefox
by eydaimon on Thu 12th Jun 2008 15:47 UTC
eydaimon
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I posted this on the opera news server, but I'll post it here too:

After having used Opera since 1998 it's been with some sorrow and hesitation that I've finally swiched over to use Firefox 3.

Opera has always been the innovative client, and has brought tons of awesome features to the browsing world. Mouse gestured, and tabbed browsing (opera was waaaay ahead with tabbed browsing) was just a few great features I enjoyed.

However, now with the release of Opera 9.50, high-traffic sites such as http://maps.yahoo.com and http://www.hotmail.com and http://reader.google.com still have problems with Opera.

In the past, it's also been Opera's extreme performance advantage over other browsers that's had me coming back as well. With Firefox 3 the speed-gap has finally been closed, and extensions have made it possible to emulate many of Opera's great features. Not as well, and there's still a lot missing. One example is even though there's a plugin for gestures, it doesn't pick up on links that go to the 'next page' that haven't been browsed yet that Opera picks up so nicely on. Small, but built on the continous innovations which again, and again has made opera so great.

Firebug has also been a major reason I've been using Firefox more and more. Opera's Dragonfly looks like a spectacular improvement over the previous developer tools, but I miss things link easily being able to inspect elements on a first glance. Also, the first website I went to play around with it, the right-click context-menu didn't open and work like on all other browsers.

Opera Links is a long welcomed feature. Foxmarks was my first reason to start using FF3 more and more. I'm keep privacy in mind, and had it not let me use my own WebDAV server to store my information, I probably would not have started using it to begin with. That feature is lacking in Opera Links, and i'm forced to store my information on Opera's servers.

This isn't meant to be a negative email saying that I'm leaving Opera forever, because that's not the truth. I will check back with interest with every release hoping the problems I've encountered will have been solved.
-d

... moments later ...

Embarassingly enough, I forgot one more item. I'm not able to close the Panel by clicking the X in the upper right corner making the Panel seem rather permanent on my display. Bug.

-d

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