Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 22:01 UTC, submitted by Idefix
Opera Software Opera 11 has been released. "Tab stacking is a better way to organize your open tabs. Simply drag one tab on top of another to create a stack. Extensions help you personalize your browser and enhance what Opera can do. With the flick of your wrist, mouse gestures let you navigate back and forwards, open new pages, close tabs and so much more. In Opera 11, you now have a handy visual guide to the wonders of mouse gestures. We changed the address bar, so you can make better sense of the security levels of the sites you visit. Opera 11 now displays a clear badge indicating the security level and allowing immediate, one-click access to security and trust information about the site."
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My $0.02 . . .
by fukudasan on Sat 18th Dec 2010 01:37 UTC
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Okay, I've seen everyone else's comments, so here's my $0.02 . . .

At home and at work I use several OSes: XP Home, XP Pro, Vista, Mandriva PP 2009.1 and PP 2010.1 (I don't think we have 7 yet, somehow I am praying that we don't . . .). I am on 2010.1 right now with the copy of 11 that I installed from the Opera global d/l site last night, as it is too soon after release for it to filter through from the PLF. It works perfectly, any "problems" present in 10.6x are unchanged, hence they are not really "problems" at all but "features" that I am accustomed to. Even more interestingly, I can still use a skin set from the 9.x days, which I prefer because it fits nicely with the colour scheme on my main desktop.

The perfect browser (from my perspective) is one which has been ported to all of the platforms I use, and offers a near-identical (if not exactly identical) performance on all of them. Since I prefer Linux, this actually cuts out anything which has not been "ported" to Mandriva (or can be shoehorned into it from the likes of RH as an rpm).

IE is one I normally do not use - it has actually shown itself incapable of using pages here in Korea specifically designed for it, so I was forced to find another which could support IE-intended web pages (and settled for Avant browser, some kind of "shell" for the IE rendering engine). Out-of-the-way browsers like Avant never seem to get a mention in these hallowed pages, I wonder why? Plus, of course, the sheer volume of malware, spyware, exploits . . .

The fact is that there is no one single browser which suits all of my needs. For most browsing I use Opera and it gives me most of what I need. But it doesn't seem to work well with my online storage at http://www.startforce.com/ so I have to use Firefox or Seamonkey for this (strangely, I cannot get it to work with IE, either). Some web sites such as http://www.flashduck.co.kr/ are designed for IE but fail to work, and as they do not work with anything from Mozilla or Opera, I have to use Avant, and since Avant is IE-based and therefore Windoze-only, I can only really use it when I am in Windoze . . . so it goes on and on.

The only reasonable response to this seems to be "horses for courses". Opera is fine for most of my purposes but when it isn't, there's always Firefox or Seamonkey. My Linux machines have Konqueror and Chrome, but I hardly ever use these; maybe I'll find a unique use for them some day . . . the case of needing Avant is the most bizarre, and since it only runs on Windoze, this means supporting W on my machines when I would really just forget about it.

Of more relevance to someone like myself is why it is that I cannot ditch the dreaded Dubya and do everything on another platform, rather than forever being tied to what still seems a rather ill-conceived and vulnerable ecosystem - why software houses prefer to tie themselves to a single unwanted platform, and I as a customer have to suffer for that. If IE gave me everything I wanted, then fine, but it doesn't, and the variety of offerings has proven to be a help, not a hindrance.

And I have always been happy with Opera. Plus ca change, etc . . .

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