Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:15 UTC
Opera Software Jon S. von Tetzchner has been with Opera for a long time - in fact, he co-founded the browser maker back in 1995, and led the company to great success; the desktop version may play a niche role, the various mobile versions surely do not. Today though, he has announced he will be leaving the company due to differences with the board and management.
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RE[4]: dont dumb down
by Dave_K on Mon 27th Jun 2011 11:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: dont dumb down "
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

I can't really think of any missing features. MDI is working fine here.


You obviously don't use it as MDI is still a mess in 11.5. Cascading of tabs doesn't work, restored tabs become tiny little windows, tabs open in the background are hidden if any other tabs are minimised. There are loads of little problems that add together to make it barely usable.

You don't need it in opera:config, since you can just add an extension to disable it now.


So because Opera didn't allow this to be customised someone else had to make an extension to do the job (unfortunately it seems to have some glitches and compatibility issues). That hardly makes the point that Opera's developers are still dedicated to creating a highly customisable browser. In the past this kind of thing would have been a user choice without needing outside extensions to be installed.

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RE[5]: dont dumb down
by PresentIt on Wed 29th Jun 2011 21:40 in reply to "RE[4]: dont dumb down "
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2010-02-10

"You don't need it in opera:config, since you can just add an extension to disable it now.

So because Opera didn't allow this to be customised someone else had to make an extension to do the job
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No, the point is that they made it possible to control this using extensions, so they no longer needed to waste their time maintaining it.

It doesn't matter how it's done. The point is that it is possible to do.

That hardly makes the point that Opera's developers are still dedicated to creating a highly customisable browser.

Yes it does. Extensions = more customization.

In the past this kind of thing would have been a user choice without needing outside extensions to be installed.

Newsflash: in the past they didn't have extensions that could be used to do it. Now that they do they can spend less time supporting irrelevant corner cases.

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RE[6]: dont dumb down
by Dave_K on Thu 30th Jun 2011 19:02 in reply to "RE[5]: dont dumb down "
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

No, the point is that they made it possible to control this using extensions, so they no longer needed to waste their time maintaining it.


Having played with the extension to disable image scaling, it's a far from perfect solution.

It relies on JavaScript, and if this is disabled on the site it stops working completely. In addition it has issues on some sites that integrate their own automated image scaling. The image auto-sizing also removes the ability to drag and drop images within Opera.

These problems and limitations would have been avoided if Opera themselves had made this feature customisable. Offering their users choice is a much better solution that relying on 3rd parties to fix the browser.

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