Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 12th Nov 2009 19:30 UTC
Google Google have created a new HTTP-based protocol "SPDY" (pronounced "Speedy") to solve the problem of the client-server latency with HTTP. "We want to continue building on the web's tradition of experimentation and optimization, to further support the evolution of websites and browsers. So over the last few months, a few of us here at Google have been experimenting with new ways for web browsers and servers to speak to each other, resulting in a prototype web server and Google Chrome client with SPDY support."
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[I'll probably be voted negative for this but who cares!]

Chrome = Speed Dial, Top-tabs, bookmark syncing, etc..
Opera DOES have all these before Chrome. The first two were introduced in Opera before anywhere else, while I believe Opera was the first browser to integrate bookmark sync.
SPDY is more like Opera Turbo on the other hand, which compresses HTTP streams but also reduces quality of images.
Hell, even GMail wasn't the first 1GB mail -- I remember this mac fansite (spymac? it's a strange site now) who offered 1GB free email before Google did.

Opera is often innovative but doesn't put much energy into refining it. Google on the other hand, waxes and polishes it and makes it shiny for the user.

[rant]And seriously; it being open source doesn't automatically mean that any business can and will adopt it.. It's better, sure.. but that doesn't stop their world domination ^_^[/rant]

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Kroc Member since:

Opera Turbo is a proxy. If you don't mind your data being routed through Europe and heavily compressed beyond recognition.

SPDY is _not_ a feature in some web browser--it is a communications standard that anybody could implement in any browser. They have created a test version in Chrome, but Mozilla could just as well implement it too.

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FealDorf Member since:

Both of the technologies do the same thing -- compress webpages. One does it via a proxy, the other does it through protocol implementation. And a proxy is much easier to integrate as compared to a wholly new standard. Unless you have something racially against europe, if it sends me my pages faster I have no issues. Images? Yes! It's for viewing web pages faster on slow dialups. That's the exact intent. So other than your personal bias against opera, there's not much else different.

To sum it up, both of them do *exactly* the same thing - compress web pages. One does it via a proxy, the other is a wholly new standard. Now read the part where I said, Opera innovates and Google polishes it.

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gustl Member since:

[rant]And seriously; it being open source doesn't automatically mean that any business can and will adopt it.. It's better, sure.. but that doesn't stop their world domination ^_^[/rant]

World domination by open source software is no problem, because bad behavior by such an open source project immediately leads to forks. Just look at waht happened to XFree86: They got forked by Xorg the second they started behaving funny (closed license).

I do not get, why people don't seem to grasp the difference between world domination by a closed source entity vs. world domination by an open source entity.
It is as different as night and day.

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