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
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RE: opera to firefox
by rexstuff on Fri 13th Jun 2008 18:53 UTC in reply to "opera to firefox"
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I, too, was really impressed with the improvements to FF. I started using FF3 (beta 5) when I installed Kubuntu 8.04 on my MacBook Pro. I was sufficiently impressed with how far it had come since FF2 that I eventually switched my Windows desktop over as well. But today, I find that Opera 9.5 is out, and now I'm completely torn.

To address your concerns, I have seen no problems with the websites you have mentioned (aside from Yahoo maps being a low-quality knock-off of Google maps). In fact, it was Opera <9.5's handling of Google's apps that drove me to FF3 in the first place - it seems that a great deal of bugs have been worked out.

Feature-wise, I find the browsers to have about parity. FF has better adblock, but Opera has better tabs. Opera has one of the best IRC clients I've ever used, -built in-. FF has, Opera has, etc etc.

Performance wise, the two seem to handle pages with roughly the same speed. Flash is an issue for both browsers, as I'm on a 64bit linux machine. Their respective viewers both chew up unholy amounts of CPU, sometimes even when 'idle'.

This may have been improved since beta 5, but so far I've found (with my less-than-scientific methodology) that Opera uses almost half as much memory as FF3. That's saying something.

As this matters to some people, I will point out that Opera has made standards compliance a top priority, while the FF devs have shown a great of deal of antipathy towards such tests as Acid. That being said, my current builds of Opera and FF come close on the Acid 3 test, 83 and 71 percent, respectively.

To me it seems that the browsers are really comparable, and it comes down to preferences. What is more important, a quality Adblock (which is apparently ruining the internet anyway) or a smaller memory footprint (which matters little when machines have excess of 4GB these days)?

As for myself, I am completely stumped. I have no idea which browser I am going to be using from here on. They're both so great!

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