Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Jun 2009 22:34 UTC
Opera Software Opera have announced the release of Opera 10 beta. New engine, new features, but I'm more concerned about where Opera 10 fits into Opera's history, and certainly their future. Opera have never made any massive strides in marketshare and is Opera 10 really going to change any of that? Read More to find out.
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Firefox run slower with more addons/extension to reach the level of Opera.

Like what? Sure, Opera has an excellent rendering engine, it's a whole lot faster then FF, but didn't see any features that I'd miss with any other browser. For example mail and bittorrent clients shouldn't be built-in to the browser IMHO, they should be separate apps.

I did not use Opera's mail client too much to have much of an informed opinion about it, but I kind of like it: it is unobtrusive, fast and does what it is supposed to do remarkably well, I have to say. I don't see any problem with having it deeply integrated with the browser, but don't see any good argument to have it there either.

My pet peeve with your comment was about the BitTorrent bit. Sure, BT is a P2P protocol and as such it is not the most obvious thing to have embedded on a web browser. But when you think about it, BT differs greatly from other P2P protocols/clients in that it NEEDS to work together with a browser to work properly (you have to visit a tracker through a web browser to open up .torrent files, after all*) so it is nice to have it integrated with the web browser as well. As anything that is related to Opera, it is fast, small, light on resources and efficient. That's hardly something to be ashamed of.

It may not have all the features of a dedicated BitTorrent client such as Azureus but is about on par with Transmission, which is more than enough for the occasional download.

Having said that, I pretty much agree with everything that you said about Opera in a previous post: it is insanely fast, it renders most pages well these days and many of the meaningful features that people have to look up Firefox extensions for added functionality are already built-in. In a nutshell, it is a darn good browser! The only reason that I still cannot adopt it for my daily use instead of FF is that Opera's adblock solution is not nearly as good as Firefox'. Yes, it is possible to make it almost work as AdBlock - you have to export AdBlock's rules to a file and then set it up manually into Opera - but you have to keep doing it manually on a weekly basis at least if you want the same results.

The day that Opera put up something as good as AdBlock into their browser will be the day that Firefox will die on my machines (except for the occasional compatibility testing, of course)

* Yes, I realize that not everybody load their .torrent files from web trackers, but those are too far few and between that I suspect that it would not matter too much for the typical use case.

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