Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2007 11:48 UTC, submitted by abdavidson
Opera Software Opera has released an alpha build of their upcoming 9.5 release. "Following the release of Opera 9 last year, we re-wrote Opera's rendering engine for the coming Opera 9.5 release. As a result, Opera 9.5 contains more than a year's worth of speed, standards and performance improvements."
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a few niggles
by Laurence on Tue 4th Sep 2007 13:21 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

I love Opera but theres a few niggles I have with it:
1) fonts look ugly in Slackware 12. This may well be my set up, but every other app has nicely AAed fonts.
2) No Flash support. As much as I dislike flash, it would be nice to have the option to run flash plugins from time to time.
3) it's a little bit too resource hungry.

I'll give this update a try tonight though because, as i said before, i do love Opera.

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RE: a few niggles
by Schmeggma on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:20 in reply to "a few niggles"
Schmeggma Member since:
2006-01-14

Opera's fonts have always been fine for me on Gentoo and Arch, so it must be something missing on Slackware or your particular setup.

Flash has always worked for me too, but not always perfectly. I used to be unable to play embedded flvs in Opera, but they work fine for the most part now. It's still a little buggy with flash on multiple tabs.

I dunno about resources... In the past when I've compared it to Firefox it used a lot less, but I never really pay attention these days since it doesn't seem to affect the rest of my system when I run Opera.

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RE[2]: a few niggles
by Laurence on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:53 in reply to "RE: a few niggles"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"Opera's fonts have always been fine for me on Gentoo and Arch, so it must be something missing on Slackware or your particular setup. "


I suspected that may have been the case.

"Flash has always worked for me too, but not always perfectly. I used to be unable to play embedded flvs in Opera, but they work fine for the most part now. It's still a little buggy with flash on multiple tabs. "


Flash 7 or 8 used to work, but I can't seem to get Flash 9 to work. Maybe some tinkering will fix it. Not really had the time to properly investigate the issue.

"I dunno about resources... In the past when I've compared it to Firefox it used a lot less, but I never really pay attention these days since it doesn't seem to affect the rest of my system when I run Opera."


This used to be the case for me too but FF2 seems much nippier on my system than Opera. Again, this might just be down to Opera's defaults not being ideal for my system.

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RE: a few niggles
by Joe User on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:37 in reply to "a few niggles"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

1) fonts look ugly in Slackware 12. This may well be my set up, but every other app has nicely AAed fonts.

For me they look just great on OpenSUSE.

2) No Flash support. As much as I dislike flash, it would be nice to have the option to run flash plugins from time to time.

Maybe check your path to Flash? How did you install it? From the package or from the Adobe web site? Works fine here also.

3) it's a little bit too resource hungry.

Here it uses 13MB or RAM. Firefox uses 52MB.

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RE[2]: a few niggles
by kaiwai on Tue 4th Sep 2007 16:42 in reply to "RE: a few niggles"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Here it uses 13MB or RAM. Firefox uses 52MB.


On the Solaris static build its only consuming 6.5MB memory for two tabs (osnews.com and neowin.net).

I don't know where the poster was getting off claiming it was bloated because both you and I demonstrate how slim Opera is compared to firefox.

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RE: a few niggles
by baadger on Tue 4th Sep 2007 21:34 in reply to "a few niggles"
baadger Member since:
2006-08-29

Solutions! ;)

1) Opera will not respect your qtconfig or Kcontrol font settings but can change the font face and size under Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Fonts. Also make sure you are using a "shared" QT version of Opera, not a static one (Slackware should be packaging the shared version).

Here is a screen shot of the new Opera 9.50a1 amd64 build on my Gentoo/Gnome desktop so you can see what can be achieved:

http://rs178gc2.rapidshare.com/files/53443019/opera950a1.png

2) Flash will work on Opera provided Opera can find the flash plug-in library, which is probably somewhere in /opt. You really should file a distro bug for this since it's a packaging issue. You can also point Opera to the correct location in Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced tab -> Content -> Plugin Options

3) ...but a lot more snappy than Firefox!

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RE[2]: a few niggles
by Joe User on Tue 4th Sep 2007 23:37 in reply to "RE: a few niggles"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29