Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:07 UTC, submitted by Liquidator
Opera Software Opera have announced the general availability of Opera 10 beta. Opera 10 includes an improved rendering engine Presto v2.2. The beta adds a new default skin and a couple of new features, notably "Turbo", a proxy compressor for dial-up users, and tab previews. The result? Complete fail. Read More for why and a quick screenshot tour. addendum: As an apology to the community for the reckless and inadequate review I will be doing it again, properly, taking into consideration your fine comments.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:44 UTC
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Most people who know me know I am a pretty simple man to keep satisified; and it pains me to complain about something that is a fairly basic product that fails to meet what I want, which is namely:

1) I want each tab process isolated - and heck, go one better and have each plugin process isolated as well so that when Flash crashes (which is almost the source of all browser crashes) I don't end up with the whole thing collapsing in a giant screaming heap.

2) Dictionaries; I've never actually seen their dictionaries work properly; be it on Mac, Linux, Solaris or Windows; I want it to work out of the box without any problems.

3) Ugly default font settings on *NIX; is it really so hard to avoid using the ugliest fonts on the system? I'm not asking for much, just some common sense.

4) Website incompatibility; the whole Google-verse is incompatible; not wholesale 'does not work' but things here and there which don't work or when they do work it is very buggy. There are many other websites out there that flat out do not work - whether it is mine or their fault, I don't care. If I can't use that website with your browser - I'm screwed, especially if it is a university related website.

5) Get rid of all the needless crap from it; I don't want a torrent downloader, an email client, IRC client or a extension that aligns my chakras. I just want a browser - ditch the rest and give me just that, a browser with what was mentioned in point (1).

6) A buggy bloated poorly written javascript should not at any time bring down a whole browser; I have seen it occur so many times that it has put me off using Opera.

I am not an opensource freak, a Google fanboy or a Microsoft zealot; all I am asking for is a browser than does what it is supposed to do with minimum fuss and bother. I hardly think my expectations are over the top.

Edited 2009-06-03 21:47 UTC

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