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Mozilla recently unveiled a fresh Firefox interface designed to better organize open tabs, and as this "Tab Sets" prototype — née Tab Candy — works its way into the Firefox 4 beta, Opera would like you to know that it's been offering something similar for ages. "There has been a lot of focus on grouping of tabs in browsers …

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  1. Baudwalk
    Heart

    There's much to like about Opera

    It's fast. Looks nice. Mouse gestures built in. Pretty nice mail client. Friendly user community. Etc, etc, etc...

    But... the damn thing simply won't play ball with my employer's proxy configuration.

    It's been a well known issue for years, and Firefox and Chrome manage to do it the Microsoft-approved way quite nicely, but getting Opera to work in what seems to be a fairly common corporate environment too has, apparently, never been a priority for Opera Software ASA.

    If they'd fixed it, I'd most likely be running Opera as my primary browser, both at work (Windows) and at home (Linux).

    But instead I've been using Firefox and, until KDE 4, Konqueror. Though Chrome is looking better and better these days.

    Opera Mini has been my browser of choice on my Series 40 Nokia phone for years, but even that is no more, as my new Symbian touch phone comes with its own, perfectly serviceable, browser.

    I've always liked Opera, both the browser and the company. But apart from other browser vendors nicking their good ideas, they're just not of much use to me. Sadly.

  2. LaSombra

    Opera is the real browser UI innovator

    Opera has been on top of the browser UI game for years. Tabs anyone?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      What do you call...

      ...the prize for fourth place?

      "Four years later, in 1994, BookLink Technologies featured tabbed windows in its InternetWorks browser. That same year, a text editor called UltraEdit also appeared with a modern multi-row tabbed interface. The tabbed interface approach was then followed by the Internet Explorer shell NetCaptor in 1997. These were followed by a number of others like IBrowse in 1999, and Opera in 2000 (with the release of version 4 - although a MDI interface was supported before then), MultiZilla in April 2001 (an extension for the Mozilla Application Suite[7]), Mozilla 0.9.5 in October 2001, Phoenix 0.3 (now Mozilla Firefox) in October 2002, Konqueror 3.1 in January 2003, and Safari in 2003."

      Get your facts right mate! ;)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        Yeah

        Millions of people used NetCaptor and IBrowse.

        Not.

        Sounds like the usual Open Theft oops, Open Source crowd covering up their lack of ideas.

  3. Phil Rigby
    Flame

    Opera really is a good browser

    I know there's a lot of Opera haters on the El Reg forums sometimes - but it really has the best feature-to-bloat ratio of all the browsers available. Tons of useful features - Speed Dial alone is worth the install - and it's pretty lightweight and fast. I don't get why people don't like it.

    Flame, for the inevitable downvotes and criticism I'm about to receive...

    1. Alastair 7

      I haven't met...

      ...anyone that thinks Opera is terrible, just that it's not for them. Instead, people hate Opera fans that invade every comment topic to do with web browsers telling everyone the One Path To True Happiness.

      (no, I'm not suggesting you are a part of said group)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        WTF?

        Huh?

        "people hate Opera fans that invade every comment topic to do with web browsers telling everyone the One Path To True Happiness"

        Uh, you are aware that you are describing FIREFOX fans here, right? Opera fans are a minority, whereas Firefox fans are plentifuyl, vocal, and obnoxious.

    2. Tom Maddox Silver badge
      Unhappy

      I don't hate Opera . . .

      . . . it just doesn't have the features that I want/need.

      My issue with the Opera fanbois is that, when I explain the features that I enjoy in Firefox, they smugly say "Opera has those!" and fail to understand that Opera either *doesn't* have them or doesn't implement them as well. As a result, my apathy towards Opera turns into a hatred for Opera by association with its "advocates."

    3. heyrick Silver badge

      @ Phil Rigby

      Sorry, Opera just doesn't do what I want, and what I want is primarily "NoScript"-like functionality and blocking of content in an easy pointy-clicky way, plus various other small customisations. For its faults, Firefox makes this sort of thing pretty easy.

      Opera's UI could do with some improvement. I can find the settings to allow me to *speak* to it (or maybe it speaks to me? I didn't look that hard!) but can I find the option to tell Opera to pretend to be IE8? It seems to be sorted on a site-by-site basis which, I guess, is more logical than a one-size-fits-all but hardly intuitive.

      Speed dial? That's the first thing I hide. With Firefox I type "ama" for Amazon, "reg" for here, "mai" for Yahoo mail, and so on. The suggestions pop up and, usually, what I'm looking for is right there ready. Couldn't be simpler...

      Fast is only relevant if you go to sites with appalling (ab)use of JavaScript. In my experience, the slow part of a web page is almost always fetching the bits, especially sites like El Reg and YouTube that scatter content across servers (more DNS requests initially, and you can't benefit from Keep-Alive).

      .

      Opera isn't a *bad* browser, it's just not for me.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        The recommendation is to use multiple servers

        The theory is that DNS lookups and throwing up an HTTP session are fairly cheap activities, whilst browsers are rarely willing to concurrently download more than 2 files from any given server, which means the page load is stuck waiting hours for images if they are all on the same server as the scripts etc.

    4. Ed Deckard
      Heart

      Love Opera

      But married to NoScript and AdBlock.

      And don't tell me Opera does the same thing; it doesn't.

      1. heyrick Silver badge

        @ Ed Deckard

        Hey - look at our downvotes for stating reasoned answers why Opera is not our chosen browser. Probably fanbois who think NoScript is built into Opera, who clearly don't understand NoScript is a itty bitty bit more than just "Block JavaScript on this site".

        1. Ed Deckard

          @ heyrick

          The funny part is, I really sincerely do prefer Opera. I just can't do without those two little plugins. If Opera offered an equivalent functionality I'd go back to it in an instant.

          (Minor quibble with your post: I think "fanbois" with an i is applied to Apple fans; admittedly some of the Opera fans seemingly share their mindset, unfortunately.)

          1. heyrick Silver badge

            @ Ed Deckard

            "I think "fanbois" with an i is applied to Apple fans"

            Really? Oh...

            I recall that Avril Lavigne song ("Skater boi") and just sorta figured it was some sort of attempt at being trendy. Or does every word with an "i" in it now have to have an oligatory Apple connotation, like... oh, I dunno... willy or shit... <giggle (oops another i!)>

    5. Geoff Mackenzie

      Agree that Opera's a nice browser

      but I only use it for testing (hey, at least I test to make sure stuff works in Opera, eh? I support Opera better than I support MSIE, mostly because it's so well behaved it's not hard to do so). My only problem with it is that it's not FOSS.

      Religious reasons in other words :)

  4. JcRabbit

    What's in a name?

    You know, this may sound pretty shallow, but I really think that calling their browser 'Opera' instead of something more dynamic and male-appealing like 'FireFox' or 'Chrome' is what is hurting them badly. Huge mistake, IMO.

    1. heyrick Silver badge
      Happy

      @ JcRabbit

      So what would you rather it be called? How about "DIESEL" (in caps, for effect)?

    2. Ole Juul

      dynamic and male-appealing

      "You know, this may sound pretty shallow, . . ."

      It is.

      ". . . but I really think that calling their browser 'Opera' instead of something more dynamic and male-appealing like 'FireFox' or 'Chrome' is what is hurting them badly."

      Yes, 'Opera' isn't very manly and you wouldn't want anybody to get the, you know, wrong idea. Anyway, you don't have to tell anybody you're using it. You could just be a closet user.

    3. Bilgepipe
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      Names

      It should be called Butch, or Pec. HardBall. Steel. Granite, that's a good one. Granite.

      Or judging by the majority of men in my area, StupidLoud.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Gay

      "dynamic and male-appealing like 'FireFox'"

      Except, of course, "Firefox" sounds GAY.

  5. ArmanX
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    I'm with you guys. Opera is awesome.

    Unlike FF, Opera comes with what I need. It has mouse gestures, good tab layout, and generally doesn't suck. I don't have to re-download plug-ins when I upgrade, for one...

    However, Opera has very poor marketing. Sure, they can sell it to big companies as embedded browsers, but what they really need to do is sell it to users. Users drive the market; I know I'd be willing to pay a few bucks to get Opera Mini on my Android phone (I have Opera Mobile, but it's not the same thing - I want a local renderer), and I'm sure that if enough other people used Opera, they would agree... if they even knew about it. Opera leads the market in innovation, but lags terribly in marketing, and that is going to hurt them in the long run.

    1. heyrick Silver badge

      @ ArmanX

      FWIW, mouse gestures are one of the first things I disabled. My touchpad already has a set of gestures, I don't need something with a conflicting set of gestures.

      Oh, and why can't I set "opera:private" as my default starting page?

    2. ScissorHands
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      Marketing? Naaaah...

      What Opera lacks is a sugar daddy. Safari has Apple, Chrome has Google, Firefox has the Open Source Noise Machine (and Google), IE has Microsoft. Mostly Americans, like the bloginteligentzia. Funny that.

      You have it crossed: what you have on the Nokia S40 is Opera Mini. The local rendering version is Opera Mobile, and it exists for Android. But here's the rub:

      It uses a bunch of "native code" (uses the NDK instead of the regular programming interface) and I believe that prevents Opera from having it available on the Android market. Opera Mobile for Android is OEM only, and for the same reason it's only compatible with Android 2.2+

  6. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Opera?

    I recently tried downloading Opera. It has a lot of features that I like and would probably use. The 2 things that stopped me switching are:

    1) Dreadful compatibility. A bunch of websites I use regularly in either Firefox or Windows just don't work in Opera.

    2) Too slow. Given that I moved from IE to Firefox because of rendering speed (not tabs) the speed is a show stopper for me.

    I uninstalled it a few days later.

    Oddly enough, a couple of times over the last year or 2 I almost switched back from Firefox to IE. Firefox has had a lot of stability problems. It was regularly crashing for me, and I definitely see more crashes with Firefox than IE. There is only one thing that has stopped me switching. Why can't you customise the navigation bar? And why did MS think it a good idea to put refresh and stop in the middle of the navigation bar instead of next to forward and back? And why does home go on a different bar?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Eh?

      1) Name a few. I've never come across a site that doesn't render properly in Opera, except for a handful that were been specifically coded for IE6 and they didn't work properly in FF.

      2) Now that really is a crock of shit. Opera is, and always has been, faster than FF.

      FF is getting so bloaty and slow these days that it's an embarassment. The time from opening to rendering the first page makes it completely unacceptable. Yeah sure a lot of sad FF fanbois (like you) point to the speed improvements in 4.0 beta, but by 4.1 they will be all gone. 3.0 was pretty fast wasn't it?

      Oh and nobody, but nobody is fooled by your "I nearly switched back to IE" schtick, it's clear you're just another sad FF fanboi.

      Windows user? Want light and fast? Get Chrome. Want features? Get Opera.

      Oh and if Mozilla are so good why can they not innovate? It's so long since Mozilla did anything new that nobody can remember what it was. Bragging about stuff you have ripped off from somebody else is just plain sad.

      Mozilla has grown fat on Google cash. They have a fat market share and think they can rest on their laurels and rely on ripping off features from other browsers. It might work for a while. Their fanbase are so used to FF's peculiarities that when they try to change to anything else they find it hard. Plenty of other businesses (in IT and outside of it) have gone the same way and then when they realised they needed to innovate to compete it was too damned late. But surely the biggest worry for them is what will happen when Google decide they don't need them anymore. How long will FF last then?

      Google probably enjoy funding this bloaty mess. It makes Chrome look better. If Google pulled the financial rug out from under FF then maybe Mozilla would start to actually produce a decent browser.

      1. MineHandle
        Boffin

        re AC Eh?

        1) Google docs (spreadsheet) don't quite work right in Opera. That is they do work, but there are couple of minor but annoying issues (such as the cell highlighting not actually highlighting the correct cell all the time).

        I do use Opera from time to time (mainly for cross browser testing purposes) and find it quite a nice experience actually. But after 6-7 years of solid FF use (for development as well surfing) it will take something quite radically better to get me to use something else. Or FF to REALLY screw up. And no, I don't care about memory leaks, footprints, hogs, startup times and JS speed. All browsers are just fine for me in that respect.

      2. corrodedmonkee

        Naaah.

        If you want lightweight, you get Chrome, if you want Features you get Firefox, plus a billion add-ons.

        In both cases for development, you have a browser with at least four times the market share.

        I do use Opera most weeks in some capacity. For sake of randomly running across browser problems I switch between browsers a few times a day, and actually have nine browsers installed on this PC. I don't dislike it, I just don't find any single reason to user it over Chrome or Firefox.

      3. Geoff Mackenzie

        I had a slow Opera experience ...

        ... on my Linux box once. Very, very sluggish performance compared to FF. These days it runs beautifully on the same machine (fresh install), so I have no idea why that was (it was just a few months ago) - I don't think it was really the browser's fault but there's no sense accusing someone of lying, this could well have happened for one reason or another.

        FF starts in less than 2 seconds after a cold boot on my (three year old, but reasonably powerful) PC and runs very nicely; not quite as fast as Opera, especially on JS-heavy pages, but it's certainly not a bloated mess. Opera starts in around 5 sec after a cold boot, and runs very quickly after that.

        Calm down, a few deep breaths there. Opera's just a browser, and it's not Mozilla's fault it's never (yet) managed to grow its market share to the size of FF's.

    2. Neil Greatorex
      Grenade

      Opera slow & websites incompatible?

      Where have you been for the last 10 years?

      Opera is now, and has consistently been, the fastest browser. I have Opera & Firefox installed, Opera spanks Firefox every iteration. I did try Chrome but had to remove it; I've got an old machine with *only* half a gig of RAM & life's just too short.

      Incompatible website? Spoof it. Works for me every time.

      1. Bilgepipe

        Nope

        Spoofing doesn't work in all the cases I've encountered. Usually the problem is with form fields - combos often appear empty, or don't appear at all regardless of any settings, but there are many sites that don't appear correctly.

        There's also a common bug which prevents you from logging into Google sites, specifically Mail, and just dumps you back to the login screen. Opera won't even acknowledge this one - too busy moaning at stuff I suppose. It's a shame, I like Opera a lot, but it has to work properly.

    3. breakfast

      That slow thing

      I've used Opera as my main browser for the last six or seven years and it's reliably been excellent but lately I have found it to be getting a little slower relative to its rivals.

      In particular it seems to have developed the irritating habit of not bothering to load half the images in a page- if it can't load one image it seems to give up on all the others as well. That's increasingly making it less viable as a browser for me. I'm really hoping they take a step back and realise that being fast, light and reliable was what made Opera the best browser for so long.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whatevarrr; Firefox has Tree Style Tab extension and way more.

    Opera may boast lots of 'hidden' features, but they are such a disappointment, minimal and not very usable, so I can't be bothered to use them.

    Opera also lacks critical stuff, for security/privacy, as provided by the Firefox NoScript, Adblock, BetterPrivacy etc. extensions!

    Opera is just something I try occasionally, when sites or Firefox are being awkward.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Firefix Numties

      "Opera also lacks critical stuff, for security/privacy, as provided by the Firefox NoScript, Adblock, BetterPrivacy etc. extensions!"

      Someone want to tell this one that all those features are all built right in. Perhaps some of these Firefix idiots needs to actually TRY opera. It will open their eyes.

      In this marketshare orientated world, where product quality has no bearing on success, some poeple are in for a shock.

  8. PaulR79
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    Go away Opera... please

    I'm sure that the people who use it are happy with it as shown here but do they really have to bleat every time a different browser does something they do too? There are two things that really put me off trying Opera seriously. One is the amount of bitching they do about unfair competition. It might be warranted but it's nearly always Opera bitching the loudest and never happy with the punishment dished out. Two is they are quick to claim they did something first but they forget that being first isn't always best and the way they do it screams of "why didn't you like it when I did it?" to me.

    In conclusion, get lost Opera. Please. If you whined less and had far fewer "our browser does that too and we've had it longer!" moments I, and probably others, wouldn't hate you so much. I don't like how sluggish Firefox is and I dislike the quality of the adblock extension for Chrome but I'd pick either of them over being stuck with Opera.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Go away whiner... please

      Oh no, you don't like Opera! Therefore Opera users should shut up! What are you smoking?

      Opera isn't doing any more bitching about unfair competition than anyone else. Did you miss the part where Google, Mozilla and others were part of the EU complaint?

      And this story is not about Opera "bitching", it's about someone posting a tip in his personal blog about how you can group tabs in Opera.

      In conclusion, you are whining over stuff you are clearly clueless about.

  9. mark a.
    Happy

    I never knew that

    Well, the things you learn about something you thought you were familiar with.

    It's still not that clever, though. To improve it, you should be able to have more than one group in one window and be able to name the group yourself (as opposed to having the group named by the open tab).

  10. Daniel 1

    Personally I never swear by any one browser

    Browsing the web is far too important and detailed, an activity, for me, to find a single answer from one vendor. Opera works great for news and research, because of the way it keeps track of it's history between settings. Each tab is, effectively a train of thought, which i will revisit and flick backwards and forwards in the history, a bit to refresh my mind on what I was reading up on , at the time.

    Many times I have pursued items of work-related work that I had left off on for months, because of what lay under a particular tab.

    Opera has poor integration with Windows networks, however, because of AD's odd implementations of common protocols. Firefoxs does better at this, since their sights remain fairly fixed on breaking into the corporate firewall, and making sure it works, rather than being a Rolls Royce of web browsing. It's only a real advantage when talking to intranet sites, or having to wrestle with the likes of Bluecoat proxies. The Flash content seems to work slightly better in firefox, too, but that's probably the plugin, rather than the browser.

    Chrome is always the best, for any madly-ajax-ified Google thing, simply because they write the damn thing.

    Then there's IE, of course - for testing.

    1. Ole Juul

      Re: any one browser

      It looks like people get as attached to using only one browser almost as much as using only one OS. However with a browser there is no practical reason for it.

      I'm with Daniel 1 on not using only one. With a modicum of computer skills one can take advantage of the differences. On this oldish kit I have 6 different browsers open on different desktops. Really, there's no reason to just run one browser unless you've got pre Pentium hardware and a small harddrive.

  11. QI

    There is a solution to your first problem

    I am a regular user of Opera for more than 5-6 years. There are certain websites which don't work but to solve this there are couple of options.

    You can right click on the page and "Edit Site Preferences..." and by going to Network tab you can Identify as FF or IE. The problem is websites designers not with Opera. Classic example of this is Amazon website, by default it doesn't give you Auto Suggestion in search but if you Identify as FF it works fine.

    Second solution and the last resort is you can right click on the page and hit Open with FF/IE/Chrome. This is nice touch and only Opera has got it where you can open the page on any other browser installed on your machine.

    Your second problem, the speed, I don't believe you. Opera is the most snappiest browser in every sense not just in simple Javascript benchmarks but overall experience!

  12. Simon2
    Boffin

    Extentions compatibility

    I'm currently using Firefox 3.6 with NoScript, AdBlock +, Google Toolbar, the my friendly fox unofficial eBay Toolbar, and DownloadHelper extentions. If these worked with Opera, i'd install it right now. I suspect Google already has a version of their toolbar for Opera.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Down

      Google Foolbar????

      I NEVER install the dammned google foolbar. Opera has had a Search box built into the browser so long I forgot it was ever missing. Other than that feature the Google toolbar offers nothing useful and simply takes up space that couldbe better used to dispaly web content.

      Same goes for Yahoo toolbar, WIndows Live toolbar and any other peice of $#%^ toolbar. I don't use a browser for playing with toolbars.

      I use IE at work because it is required to work properly with Sharepoint. If I didn't have mouse gestures added , IE would still be painful to use.

      Ebay search? It's on the search box drop down list. By default.

      Other than that, stop surfing ilegal porn sites and you won't have so many problems to defend against.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Go

      Ad Muncher

      The Opera version of Adblock/Noscript is called Ad Muncher. (On Windows)

      It blocks all ads and protects you from malicious scripts without you having to do ANYTHING.

      Out of the box, it filters every browser and every program that could possibly have ads and it does it faster and with more accuracy than the firefox extensions do.

      Ad Muncher + Opera is an awesome browsing experience.

      With that being said, you aren't limited to just Opera, you can use any other browser you want whenever you want and all of them are equally filtered and protected.

      I honesty don't know why both Opera and Ad Muncher aren't more well known...

      http://www.opera.com/

      http://www.admuncher.com/

    3. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Opera does most of those

      all except the ebay thing. I suspect you can get a Widget to do it.

      Greasemonkey (Called UserJS in Opera)

      Adblock+ (called ContentBlock in Opera)

      Bookmark Sync (called OperaLink and much more functional in Opera)

      NoScript (Built in to Opera)

      Interestinly, the latest Opera 10.70 snapshot now had contentblocker syncing via Opera-link. So you block something on one Opera install, and it applys to all your other Opera installs. VERY handy.

      1. Not That Andrew
        FAIL

        Thats nice... But

        a) Opera Link is a useless POS that mangles your bookmarks.

        b) The major reason to use NoScript is the XSS and clickjacking prevention (and other assorted security features), which disabling plugins and scripts in Opera doesn't do. Opera claims to have built-in XSS prevention, but its pretty useless.

        c) The Linux version of Opera 10.61 is still not fit for purpose.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          FAIL

          Andrew fails again

          Opera Link works fine here. If it did mangle your bookmarks, it wouldn't have millions of active users (as reported by Opera).

          XSS? XSS affects web applications, dear child. You are just throwing around words you don't understand, in order to sound cool. FAIL.

          Opera 10.61 for Linux works fine too.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Tabs in my tabs?

    What is this Russian doll madness?

    Actually this sounds pretty cool, I'd switch browsers if there was an Opera version of Adblock/Noscript

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      There is

      It's all built right in. (and more comprehensive).

      1. Not That Andrew
        Flame

        ORLY?

        Opera's urlfiter ini and plugin and script blocking not more comprehensive than NoScript and Adblock Plus. Control is far coarser grained than Noscript and Adblock Plus and far less intuitive. You can't automatically download an adblocking urlfilter list like Adblock Plus allows (either you visit a website and download an urlfilter.ini and place it in your Opera profile folder or you add all sites and elements you want to block manually) and it has no clickjacking protection and very little XSS prevention, not even as much as Firefox without NoScript.

  14. Prof Null
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    Scuse me, but is this an improvement?

    I can already collect and group bookmarks in folders and sub-folders.

    Why do I need to do the same thing with Tabs instead?

    Does seeing a thumbnail of the page help me any better than a bookmark mini-icon and it's name? I suspect not. At least with a name I can find things regardless of scale.

    Worse still, it means I need another interface flip with key and button action just like switching between programs or windows: BAD. NON-visible.

    here is my way of web browsing with Firefox: with a bookmark sidebar courtesy of the "All-in-one Sidebar" addon (free).

    - It has all my "tabs" (and aren't the same as bookmarks?) visible at all times, No buttons or keys required.

    - I can organise and group them any way that I like, at any time.

    - The bookmarks run down the side of the browser window - and for most screens, that is a big empty space otherwise as web pages are often shaped more like a paper page, narrow and tall.

    - It already exists.

    Ah, but my comments will probably make no difference. The same stuff as us reasonable folks already had will be reprocessed, rebadged and peddled again as something that supposedly is New And Improved.

  15. Richard Jukes

    Erm

    I dont use Opera because it looks ugly. And it makes websites look ugly. That is all.

  16. JaitcH
    Unhappy

    Just give me a Firefox beta ...

    that has Tree-style tabs and NoScript and I'll be happy for the time being.

    Fed up with having to keep on re-starting FF4 beta that we've reverted to 3.

  17. Lottie

    Tried Opera...

    ... Didn't get on with it. I'll admit it's a nice browser, but I prefer Mozilla based progs. However, for iPlayer and the like, I use IE as it doesn't ramp up the processor usage to crazy levels when flash is running.

    On my netbook, I use Icefox which is wonderful.

    If Opera could *easilly* import my bookmarks from FF so that I can uninstall it and play nicely with sites like megabus.com, I'd reconsider.

  18. J P

    Thumbnails in tabs?

    Now seems as good a time to ask as any - does anyone know of an extension to any other browser (Linux or Windows only) that can do what iRider does for IE, with tree ordering of tabs and thumbnail pics to boot? I keep going back to it when I'm doing widescale searches; 200+ tabs open & scroll through them to find the stuff you need; pin the ones you like & close all the rest with a single mouse click...

    1. Lu

      Of Course

      if you hove over a tab in Opera, you get a thumbnail of it.

      I'm sure FF will do it as well, but you'd have to install an add-on. Again.

      meh

  19. Mark Rendle
    Grenade

    FYI, Hakum-Lie

    Nobody cares.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Hakum-Lie?

      What is "Hakum-Lie", and why should anyone care if you care about something you can't get get right?

  20. Anonymous Coward
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    Opera browser: OK; Opera the company: I hate them

    I might consider using Opera the browser if Opera the company sells its IPRs to someone else. I had the misfortune of using the Opera forums when I had Opera running on my smartphone years ago and they are the most consumer unfriendly company I have ever dealt with.

    Also I can't stand them going to Barcelona (the big Telecom conference) every year to show off a mobile browser that is 99% scaffolding code and never goes out of beta.

    Their only income stream was the money from Nokia for the S60 browser but later Nokia dumped them. They managed to get on board with the HTC WM phones but with HTC moving to android now they really don't know what to do anymore. The only way forward for them will be Opera Mini on dumb phones with adverts inserted all over the place....

    1. hplasm Silver badge
      FAIL

      How sad.

      Didn't get the job then?

      Diddums.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Whine, whine, whine

      Not sure what you are whining about. Their forums are a USER TO USER forum.

      What is "scaffolding code"? Do you know how the browser is engineered?

      And their mobile browsers came out of beta ages ago.

      More than 1/3 of Opera's revenue comes from the desktop browser. Nokia is still using Opera. But better yet, most of the major mobile operators are now Opera customer. AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc.

      And that's in addition to major customers like Sony, Nintendo, Motorola, etc.

      So you are clearly clueless and whiny, and should educate yourself about Opera's business model before spouting nonsense.

  21. jdap

    The fat lady's singing, and the Opera's all but over

    Opera. One of the smartest tech companies of years back, with a killer solution for browsing on featurephones. They've made money hand over fist, but nobody really cared. Mobile browsing is only really taking off on smartphones. And where's Opera? Nowhere is where.

    When they're acquired in a year or two, there will be a collective sigh. All that potential, never realised because they never had the combination of grit, ambition and willingness to invest in consumer marketing.

    Truly the Michael Dukakis (or Gordon Brown) of leadership.

    1. Lu

      er, what?

      Opera's by far the most popular browser on mobile phones world-wide.

      Mobile phones are the number 1 growth market for web browsers.

      So I'm not sure where you get "nowhere".

      I think they're doing just fine.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Is this guy for real?

      Opera's marketshare is growing faster than all the others.

      150m REAL regular users ( counted by update checks, not the BS download numbers that Mozilla use).

    3. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      The fat lady is singing for your whining

      In case you didn't notice, Opera is the dominant mobile browser, holding nearly 1/3 of the market. It also has more than 130 million users in total, and growing fast. And that's in addition to all the HUGE companies they have on their customer list: AT&T, Vodafone, Verizon, Sony, Nintendo, etc.

      You are clearly clueless.

  22. Magius
    Thumb Up

    Rather than a Tree view I prefer Tabgroups Manager

    Tabgroups Manager lets you create the groups and it resides as a bar (which can be hidden automatically or manually). Whenever you change to a different group the normal tab bar changes to reflect the current group selection. You can also hibernate your groups during or between sessions, so you can come back to a set of tabs later.

    Mozilla's implementation is interesting in its potential, however it still seems cumbersome. The tree view is nice, but again there is an extra step involves in opening the sidebar, moving along the tree, ect. It is certainly faster than candy, but I like TBM's implementation better.

  23. Schultz

    "Closet User"

    Good one!

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