Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:07 UTC, submitted by Liquidator
Opera Software Opera have announced the general availability of Opera 10 beta. Opera 10 includes an improved rendering engine Presto v2.2. The beta adds a new default skin and a couple of new features, notably "Turbo", a proxy compressor for dial-up users, and tab previews. The result? Complete fail. Read More for why and a quick screenshot tour. addendum: As an apology to the community for the reckless and inadequate review I will be doing it again, properly, taking into consideration your fine comments.
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Opera is superb
by HTTP_Developer on Thu 4th Jun 2009 17:30 UTC
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Just the fact I can do Control-Z to open up a tab I just closed makes Opera better than all the other browers from the stone age.

Any time I try using another browser I am left horrified once more by all the basic functions that are missing.

Opera is the best browser, totally superb. Once people started using it, all the other browser companies would go out of business or be forced to re-engineer and re-design their products.

As an example, Google Chrome is ruining the Internet by continuing to propagate the inefficient, out-of-date method of creating a new TCP/IP connection for each HTTP request. It supposedly "uses" HTTP/1.1, but it just inserts an extra "Connection: close" header so that it is even worse than if it used HTTP/1.0.

HTTP/1.0 should have died in the 1990s, not to be re-used by incompetent programmers who can't even cope with a simple protocol for streamlining and pipelining multiple requests through a single TCP/IP connection. The overhead to allocate a new connection (on both server and client sides) is about four times as much as the time to download an average component of a webpage.

People should stop focusing on artificial benchmarks like SunSpider and focus on things that matter. And by the way, SunSpider deliberately uses code that is not optimzied.

For instance, the MD5 code used in Sun Spider is slow and out-of-date beaten by other people's code since at least 2003.

Why doesn't anyone bring up the technical deficiencies in the benchmarks, rather than judge browsers?

The computer scientists are probably laughing at everyone who trusts benchmark results without understanding what they are based on. For instance, Betanews takes off 25% from some browser's benchmark scores just because they don't pass the Acid3 test perfectly. And Acid3 isn't even a finalized standard yet.

User interface design is extremely important, just like underlying technical design. I don't have a problem with judging Opera based on its appearances. But someone who comments on it should be qualified in that area, and preferably someone who uses Macintosh, Windows, Unix, and Linux, and has an open mind toward the best artistic features of each, without a bias toward one just because of its open or closed source background or its name.

Edited 2009-06-04 17:34 UTC

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