Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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Opera has enough problems already...
by Dave_K on Mon 28th May 2012 13:58 UTC
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I find the current state of Opera depressing enough as it is.

A lot of the more advanced and unusual features that made Opera my favourite browser have been neglected or broken. Customisation options are missing, don't work properly with new features, or rely on extensions that cause as many issues as they solve. I've encountered more annoyances and frustrations in the last few Opera releases than in every previous version I've used put together.

To me most of the changes made to Opera in the last couple of years have been for the worse, but even if they just fixed the bugs it would return to being my favourite browser. Unfortunately many of the most annoying glitches have been hanging around for years now with no sign that they'll be fixed.

People who want a simple browser have plenty of choice, but Opera's really the only browser to fill the feature rich "power user" niche. It'd be a shame to lose that completely and see Opera utterly dumbed down.

It's hard to imagine Opera not becoming much, much worse if Yahoo were controlling its direction.

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Facebook, not Yahoo. Doh!

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zima Member since:

Well as far as personal anecdotes go... I find recent-ish releases very pleasant, recapturing the nice feel of 9.27 (there was a havoc since 9.5 - but only till the end of 10; I guess the direction of browser market developments took Opera ASA by surprise, and in rushing js engine improvements they neglected other parts, for a time)

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