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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RE: Sounds about right
by dcga on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 23:47 UTC in reply to "Sounds about right"
dcga
Member since:
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"
ma_d Member since:
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[3]: Sounds about right
by mendicant on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 15:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Sounds about right"
mendicant Member since:
2005-07-12

Yeah, I had a lot of problems with it crashing in linux too. Which made me sad.

I do some work with tomcat, and has anyone else noticed that where you used to be able to just type:

devel:8080

and it would just go there it no longer does? It works fine, until you have a port number in there. That's going to be annoying for me....

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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"
edwdig Member since:
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[3]: Sounds about right
by Vorbisophile on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 12:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Sounds about right"
Vorbisophile Member since:
2006-01-06

I don't quite understand what you mean by it's window management not letting you do what you state? e.g. You just hit ctrl-N for a new window, and there you have a new window in this new window you can then hit ctrl-alt-H and suddenly that window is your History, and you can go back to you original window and keep it as just websites? It's been like that since 8, and I'm pretty sure I remember 7 also allowing you to do that.

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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"
l3v1 Member since:
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[3]: Sounds about right
by sappyvcv on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 12:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Sounds about right"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Uh, actually Opera hasn't really done that much Marketing. Firefox had things like the full page NYT ad and viral marketing with things like spreadfirefox.com.

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