Linked by addoula on Tue 5th Oct 2010 22:02 UTC
Opera Software Since the launch of Opera 10.5 in March 2010, I've been using it as my primary browser, whether at work or at home. Using Ubuntu at work, and a Windows netbook at home, I wanted a fast browser for my netbook and a coherent browsing experience on both operating systems. And this is where Opera 10.5 (and newer) fits perfectly.
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Been using Opera since late 90s
by mfaudzinr on Tue 5th Oct 2010 23:53 UTC
mfaudzinr
Member since:
2008-02-13

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. There are quite a lot of stuff I really appreciate in Opera that are just easier to use. I do use Opera with IE/Firefox for websites that may have rendering/compatibility issues. I have to say the latest iteration is basically almost issue free.

Still does not support silverlight but there's a workaround. So far I am very satisfied with Opera. Fast, stable, standard compliant and tons of functions built in. BTW it is the first browser (None beta) to achieve 100% on the Acid3 test if that meant anything.

Opera could have been the more popular browser if based on functionality, speed, stability and compliance, but it is not. That's ok. Just give it a spin... Like or not, I don't bash other browsers for the lack of this or that, nothing's perfect out there Opera included - it may not be perfect but it's perfect for me.

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Totally agree. I could have written exactly that, except the IE thing: I only use Firefox for compatibility issues. I just can't live without the side panel, the tab bar wrapping in multiple lines and the customization.

The thing that could have been interesting to discuss is why Opera hasn't been popular despite the speed, the numerous good ideas, the small size compared to the features and, above anything else for me, the customization possibilities.

I will take a wild guess here and say that their not listening to user requests, despite the "Desktop wish-list" section in the forums, has a part in it. So many times, browsing through the forums in general and that section in particular, I've had the feeling that they just don't listen. Nor do they explain choices or how they plan priorities. For instance, we've been waiting (and I asked for it) for years for a Delete button in the opera:cache page. How useful is the cache if you need to empty it just to test something you are developing? If it's not high on your priorities, a simple reason/justification may be enough for people to be patient. Or give an extension framework, or let someone contribute the stupid 20-line Javascript code that will fix the issue. Some will say users should not dictate priorities but I think good communication with the user community is essential but they are probably not the only ones to have some wet clay in their ears.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

How useful is the cache if you need to empty it just to test something you are developing?

If you are part of 99,99% of the users that are not developers then it is wonderful. Why do you think it is weird that your extreme minority gets a lower priority?

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

The thing that could have been interesting to discuss is why Opera hasn't been popular despite the speed, the numerous good ideas, the small size compared to the features and, above anything else for me, the customization possibilities.

What makes you say that it hasn't been popular? It has more than 100 million users worldwide, and has a massive market share in many countries. Maybe not in Western Europe and the US, but look at countries like Russia, etc. Opera is one of the top 2-3 browsers there.

So to claim that Opera "hasn't been popular" based on a narrow view on the West is a fallacy.

I will take a wild guess here and say that their not listening to user requests


That is demonstrably false. They constantly do stuff based on direct feedback. Now, maybe your personal pet wishes haven't been granted, but that doesn't mean that they aren't listening. It just means that your wish isn't popular enough or important enough.

or instance, we've been waiting (and I asked for it) for years for a Delete button in the opera:cache page.


Wow, that must be one of the most useless requests I've heard in a long time. Just because they didn't grant you your personal wish, an obscure setting somewhere, doesn't mean that they aren't listening.

"Listening" does not involve bending to every single user's whim.

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