Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jun 2008 11:07 UTC
Internet & Networking Linux.com has a review of Opera 9.5, which also includes various benchmarks for Opera, Firefox, Safari, and IE on both Windows and Linux. Linuxcom concludes: "Opera 9.5 is full to the brim with features and improvements and highly customizable. By rolling in apps such as the mail client and IRC chat application, and integrating them into a user's browsing experience, Opera 9.5 is a worthy challenger to Firefox 3. It surely has enough power and features to make it my favorite browser. If only it were free software and open source!"
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abdavidson
Member since:
2005-07-06

A favourite catchcry of certain members of the F/OSS fraternity is about Microsoft's FUDslinging.

And yet here we have that selfsame FUD being thrown around about Opera. It's not open source so *Whisper and looking over shoulder* there could be hidden spyware in there.

What absolute rot.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

A favourite catchcry of certain members of the F/OSS fraternity is about Microsoft's FUDslinging.

And yet here we have that selfsame FUD being thrown around about Opera. It's not open source so *Whisper and looking over shoulder* there could be hidden spyware in there.

What absolute rot.


Well, after all, Opera did start out life as adware.

What sane person would want an adware application? It just annoys you, and what is worse it uses your bandwidth and your equipment to promote the interests of some commercial companies somewhere. Obviously not in your own best interests.

This observation alone tells us two things for absolute certain ... it tells us that the Opera browser is written with the interests of Opera Software in mind ... and that the interests of Opera Software do not necessarily align with the best interests of the users of the Opera browser.

Ergo ... not rot at all ... even conceding that Opera have long since ditched the adware ... they still do not reveal to end users exactly what is in their browser.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And FUD again...

Please tell, when Opera wasn't very upfront about ads in early versions of Opera?

And don't forget that Opera is the only product of Opera the company, if there was even slightest doubt about their motives they would go under instantly (I don't know...perhaps also something about Scandinavian work ethic that you're not familiar with?)

And most hilarious/saddest thing: I suspect (hope?) you're not doing it, however...many "but Firefox is FOSS" advocates use...Windows. Where's the logic in that?

PS. And about interests of software companies...I wonder how you'll explain abandoning (in practise) of Seamonkey/Thunderbird...

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abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

Adware while annoying is entirely different to malware or spyware. It was up front with the mechanism used and what was sent where and when.

Of course at the time I remember the great big pile of FUD spread about them then too by F/OSS supporters and it's just ridiculous to see it still going.

Because it had ads who knows what else is going on there?

Program Evangelising by Chicken Littlism. Ridiculous.

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