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I've been using Opera for a number of years and I love it. I really do believe it to be the best browser on the market.
But why do the denizens of OSNews not use it? Are you just content with Firefox or what?
FWIW, on a megabytes per instance basis, Opera is the single largest memory hog on my servers. We run a lot of simultaneous Epiphany, Evolution, and OpenOffice instances. But I was surprised to discover that once I had done away with Firefox and Thunderbird, Opera, which we use for a few sites that Epiphany gets rejected from with a "We don't yet support Netscape" message, is the next resource hog that I need to tackle. Edited 2008-03-10 21:13 UTC
It all comes down to one simple property: That Opera are not capable of opening a browser-window with only a given url when I have said it should open with startpage. Its either both or none...unlike any of the previously mentioned browsers.
Have you recently tryed opera it as it is perfecly possible to set it that way. Tools ->preferences -> startup . And yes it then only opens the homepage you have choosen nothing more.
I use Konqueror because I like to use the same program for browsing the internet and managing my files.
For some time I used Firefox but its only real advantage to me was that it screwed up less websites. That's why I still have it installed although I don't need it all that often.
I also tried Opera. It seemed rather fast and the mouse gestures were a nice touch. I'm not dexterous enough though, the only thing that worked reliably was next and back :-D
Last time I checked Opera was proprietary and that's a big, big minus in my book.
All in all I just don't see any compelling reason to install it.
If I'm not mistaken some of Opera's employees (namely CSS-guru and CTO Håkon Wium Lie) was positive to making it open source.
He mentions this in a (Norwegian) interview: http://www.digi.no/php/art.php?id=500083
Here are some selected quotes I'm transelating. (I'm not language expert though so they won't be the most accurate, but accurate enough I hope!)
"Everyone who sells software these days discusses open source. It would be irresponsible to do otherwise."
"We are quite proud of our code and would very much like to show it. The problem is commercial re-use. It's businesses wise problematic."
"We haven't found a business model that is compatible with todays open source-licenses"
I don't use it because it isn't compatible with Google's online services; take the rich text box used in Blogger, it doesn't work properly. Uploading videos to YouTube, doesn't work properly. There is a whole laundry list of incompatibilities. These are going to be fixed in 9.5.
I think the greater issue is the lack of accepting by Opera engineers and management that the reason why people don't use it is because it doesn't do what people want; who cares if it isn't from big-bad Microsoft, if they can't visit the websites they like, they're not going to move.
"I think the greater issue is the lack of accepting by Opera engineers and management that the reason why people don't use it is because it doesn't do what people want; who cares if it isn't from big-bad Microsoft, if they can't visit the websites they like, they're not going to move.
That's assuming that Opera is to blame for all these problems.
It's assuming that Opera pretends that they don't exist.
Reality is that Opera is always working hard on compatibility. As should be apparent from 9.5 (and actually all versions before that).
The main problem is that Opera has a small user base so sites aren't tested in Opera. Firefox has lots of users, and even before it became popular it could benefit from descending from Netscape (and thus get compatibility for free) since most sites were designed to work with IE and Netscape 6 anyway.
Because they don't have a monopoly on OS and they don't use it to illegally push their web browser bundled with their OS. Try uninstalling IE and Windows won't work anymore. You have to use IE anyway. And don't tell me IE is the most used browser because it is better.
This comic is pretty stupid actually. If you believe IE7 is competing on its own merit, you must be drinking too much. IE7 is bundled in Windows. Everybody is forced to make their site work with IE7. If IE7 isn't standard compliant, it means they are making so that many wab site won't necesastily work with other browsers. As such, they are using a monopoly to crush the competition and they are breacking the law. In such a case, suing is the perfectly reasonable thing to do.
So... why is Opera fairing so poorly against Firefox?
I don't know really. Every time I've used it it's been lightning fast, compatible and feature filled. But it just doesn't sit right somehow. It's completely unquantifiable, but it just doesn't feel good. Also the interface on the mac version has enough little differences to make it quite jarring and stand out as not a mac app.
Then why don't you try and figure out what it is you don't like about it? Seems like nobody can actually answer the question, or any answer they give is "because I'm used to how Firefox does it".
At least Opera can use native Windows controls for it's interface, which makes it smoother and less clunky than FF to use.