Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 21:41 UTC
Opera Software eWeek reviews Opera 9, and is full of praise: "It's a good bet that if you want to see the features that other Web browsers will be adding in a year or two, you should download Opera 9, which was released on June 20. The free Opera 9 is available in Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD and Mac OS X versions. In our tests, we found Opera 9 to be one of the best Web browsing tools we've used in a long time, which is why we are giving Opera 9 an eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice award." They have a set of screenshots as well.
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Sounds about right
by SlackerJack on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 22:08 UTC
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2005-11-12

Desent review, better then ZDNet's one which got something wrong saying there was no history on the back button. If you dont know you hold down the back button and your previous pages come up.

Seems the linux version has tray intergration unlike Windows. I find that the widgets have to dark blue outline around them, anyone else get this in the Linux version?

Edited 2006-06-22 22:08

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RE: Sounds about right
by emarkp on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 22:59 in reply to "Sounds about right"
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2005-09-10

Or you can put a back button with the dropdown arrow by using the "customize" feature.

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by Galley on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 11:33 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
Galley Member since:
2005-10-27

I don't why Opera does't use the drop-down button by default.

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RE: Sounds about right
by dcga on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 23:47 in reply to "Sounds about right"
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2005-07-06

The Tray Integration is also present on windows.
Ctrl + H

What opera needs, is more press.
I think that is the reason for firefox's success, otherwise it would have been just another good browser.

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by ma_d on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 00:13 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
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2005-06-29

I don't think the last version of opera was ready for the big time. It was a great browser, but on Linux at least, it crashed fairly frequently.
In the same light though, neither is firefox's extensions feature as a large number of extensions make firefox crash often.

I really like this Opera though. I'm especially fond of the fact I figured out how to set the render delay.

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by edwdig on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 03:03 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
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2005-08-22

What opera needs, is more press.
I think that is the reason for firefox's success, otherwise it would have been just another good browser.


Definitely. What's the single biggest difference between FireFox and the Mozilla suite before the focus on FireFox? Marketing. FireFox has had all sorts of marketing campaigns to drive it. The old Mozilla download page was full of warnings "This is a development product. Don't use it unless you know what you're doing! We're not responsible if it erases your hard disk!"

That said, I haven't tried Opera 9 yet, but 8's window management drove me crazy. It was either all tabs or no tabs. I want to mix between the two, and even more importantly, I want things like History and Bookmark Management in seperate windows, not in tabs/sidebars (FireFox needs to learn that too).

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by l3v1 on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 08:52 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
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2005-07-06

What opera needs, is more press.
I think that is the reason for firefox's success, otherwise it would have been just another good browser.


Interesting. Mozilla and now Firefox were free, Opera was not, until recently. One was a group and a foundation, the other was a company. One has just recently started marketing, the other has been doing it for years. And now you say Firefox is more popular than Opera because of the marketing ? I call BS. First people say FOSS needs better marketing, then if it has, they start saying oh it's only popular because of the marketing. Bah, get lost.

I don't have anything against Opera, I like it and I use it for many years now, although mostly just for testing this'n'that. It's a decent browser, with many features, and it's free. In some ways it's better than Firefox. Ok, so what ? We should just be happy that we have at least two really good free browsers (although I still prefer Konqueror for most of the things). Leave that oh-it's-the-marketing sh*t for the bad guys.

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RE: Sounds about right
by indech on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 05:16 in reply to "Sounds about right"
indech Member since:
2005-12-06

The dark blue borders around the widgets are due to a lack of transparency. I'm not sure if there is a fix, but having a transparency enabled xorg may help.

@ma_d
Opera 8.00's linux build had flaws that caused frequent crashes, and 8.01 needed glibc to be built with Native POSIX Threads Library, but after that in general Opera never had any stability problems on linux.


And with 9.00, Opera really has improved. My biggest joys are ctrl^t for a new tab instead ctrl^n, and the fact that Opera now has adblocking built in. That, and it doesn't have the memory issues that Firefox has. Here's to hoping that Opera can take the chunk of the browser pie that it really deserves.

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by mendicant on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 15:15 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
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2005-07-12

My biggest joys are ctrl^t for a new tab instead ctrl^n, and the fact that Opera now has adblocking built in.

That's my biggest peeve with the new one. I'm so used to ctrl n. However, if you go to preferences -> advanced tab -> shortcuts, and edit your keyboard shortcuts, you've always been able to change it to whatever you want.

I think that's one of the things that I enjoy the most. Even the smallest things you think you'd never be able to change are easy to configure to your preferences with opera.

Also, they've always had ad blocking. I just think that they've given it a bit of a tuneup this time around.

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RE[2]: Sounds about right
by renox on Sun 25th Jun 2006 16:02 in reply to "RE: Sounds about right"
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2005-07-06

>That, and it doesn't have the memory issues that Firefox has.

Agreed, feeling annoyed with FF which again went very slow, I've tried Opera9 and it's much better: I think I'm going to switch.

There are annoying issue when you go from FF to Opera: the tab navigation (Alt+page up/down instead of ctrl) plus the way it closes tab (I've updated the wikipedia entry 'Criticisms of Opera' on it, the solution given didn't work), I didn't find how to make it open tab with Ctrl+left click though but that's not a big problem..

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