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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Complaint Dept.
by jadeshade on Tue 4th Sep 2007 17:12 UTC
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Most people that I see complaining about Opera are linux users, and for good reasons - it is hard to get everything working with opera in the fragmented linux environment, and most people will answer 'just use FF, it's open-source and it's better!'. It's like IE on windows - distro maintainers only go for the majority of users, which means you need to navigate yourself to get some plugins working with opera. (if any arch users are reading this, the AUR has a opera-mplayer package which saves tons of time).

That being said, opera rocks. There are some features that firefox just doesn't have (like keyworded search from the address bar - why move your mouse all the way to the side of the screen to search?), and others are mimicked by plugins that can't match opera's responsiveness (or integration, but that's only nitpicky).

Please, however, no comparisons to FFFour, because that is more than slightly ridiculous. This launch puts Opera 9.5 in a more solid state than even Gran Paradiso at the moment, especially because the FF community (which the browser is worth almost nothing without) is still on FF2.

And if my favorite extension can no longer make toast, there will be hell to pay...

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