Linked by addoula on Tue 5th Oct 2010 22:02 UTC
Opera Software Since the launch of Opera 10.5 in March 2010, I've been using it as my primary browser, whether at work or at home. Using Ubuntu at work, and a Windows netbook at home, I wanted a fast browser for my netbook and a coherent browsing experience on both operating systems. And this is where Opera 10.5 (and newer) fits perfectly.
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Totally agree. I could have written exactly that, except the IE thing: I only use Firefox for compatibility issues. I just can't live without the side panel, the tab bar wrapping in multiple lines and the customization.

The thing that could have been interesting to discuss is why Opera hasn't been popular despite the speed, the numerous good ideas, the small size compared to the features and, above anything else for me, the customization possibilities.

I will take a wild guess here and say that their not listening to user requests, despite the "Desktop wish-list" section in the forums, has a part in it. So many times, browsing through the forums in general and that section in particular, I've had the feeling that they just don't listen. Nor do they explain choices or how they plan priorities. For instance, we've been waiting (and I asked for it) for years for a Delete button in the opera:cache page. How useful is the cache if you need to empty it just to test something you are developing? If it's not high on your priorities, a simple reason/justification may be enough for people to be patient. Or give an extension framework, or let someone contribute the stupid 20-line Javascript code that will fix the issue. Some will say users should not dictate priorities but I think good communication with the user community is essential but they are probably not the only ones to have some wet clay in their ears.

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