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Internet Explorer Microsoft has sent an e-mail to a select number of its previous beta testers regarding the upcoming release of IE8 beta 1. "We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test. IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community, with the goal of gaining valuable feedback to improve Internet Explorer 8 during the development process."
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by gabrielwalker on Tue 26th Feb 2008 01:11 UTC
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This isn't exactly on topic (and I'm sorry about that), but I've been wondering.

I don't much care for Internet Explorer anymore, though back in the day I preferred it over Netscape Communicator. I've been caught up with the Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox movement, and have found it to be a 'comfortable' browser. Except that it 'feels', well, bloated now.

I've tried using Opera, but I miss the combination of Adblock/Flashblock/All-In-One Sidebar like crazy. I've tried the css hacks, but the UI doesn't feel right either.

I've tried Apple's port of Safari, but I can't get past the abrupt difference in UI on a Windows machine. (I use Windows XP. Please don't turn this into a debate over my choice of OS.)

...What alternatives are there left for me to try? Are there free (or cheap) plug-ins for Opera to make it 'feel' more like Firefox with adblock/flashblock/a download sidebar?


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RE: Alternative?
by warhoon on Tue 26th Feb 2008 01:46 in reply to "Alternative?"
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As for the adblock function in Opera, try this:

FF Ad-block might still be better but there is a way of avoiding ads in Opera.

Flash block.... try this:

I hope it helps, otherwise please try and search the Opera forums....

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RE: Alternative?
by TLZ_ on Tue 26th Feb 2008 08:25 in reply to "Alternative?"
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"a download sidebar"
It's there, only that it's called "Transfers".
If it is really important for you for it to be caleld "Downloads" you can change that in the language file. ;)

What about the UI? It uses a bit different approach than FF, but is really quite flexible. (You can get it to look like FF if that's what you want.)

When if comes about having the wrong "feeling" it might be the way Opera behaves when closing tabs? Personally it's something I love about it, but it *is* customizeable.
Look here:

That's all I can help though. If you look at the web you'll probably be able to tweak Opera to your needs, and I at least don't think Opera feels at bloated. (Otherwise I guess you could try FF3, it had fixes on some memory leak stuff and that's probably what's causing the "bloated feeling" anyway.)

As KDE is coming for Windows you'll eventually get WebKit for Windows in more adapted UI. (Safari looking like Windows.)

Edited 2008-02-26 08:27 UTC

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