Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Nov 2006 19:59 UTC
Opera Software "Opera Software chief Jon S. von Tetzchner's Web browser, popular with many hardcore computer users, hasn't taken over the industry. The Norwegian company's browser has been around for 12 years but has just 1.5% of the market. Compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, or even Mozilla's Firefox, it barely qualifies as an also-ran. But unlike its competitors Microsoft and Mozilla, Opera is focusing a lot of attention on noncomputer devices: mobile phones, videogame consoles or just about anything else you can stick a screen on."
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Opera's Javascript engine
by usr0 on Mon 13th Nov 2006 00:09 UTC
usr0
Member since:
2006-10-27

Opera has a great respectively fast Javascript engine (proof: http://www.24fun.com/downloadcenter/benchjs/benchjs.html ). Since many sites use more an more Javascript (AJAX hype) Opera is usually rendering Javascript bloated sites faster than Firefox. Whereas Firefox render HTML/CSS only pages as fast as Opera.

BUT: Since the Mozilla Foundation got Adobe's EMCAScript 4 compatible virtual machine, I doubt if Opera will remain the "fastest" [...] (Javascript parsing/rendering) "browser on earth". Good for Firefox users - bad for Opera Software Inc. because this could be a reason for many Opera users to switch from Opera to Firefox as their browser of choice.

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RE: Opera's Javascript engine
by Joe User on Mon 13th Nov 2006 00:19 in reply to "Opera's Javascript engine"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

I will be curious to see new benchmark as soon as Firefox has Adobe's JS engine. Maybe it won't be as fast as Opera's.

In any case, I don't see it a compelling reason to switch. One has to consider the browser as a whole. Opera is faster, more feature-rich, lighter, more stable, has a GUI that makes more sense. This is what is important.

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