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Old 13-06-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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I just upgraded from Opera 9.27 to Opera 9.5 today and I am impressed.

It is so fast! Everything is even more responsive than before - and I though it was fast then (vs IE) - you should see the animated GIFs on this site (them smilies)... they do a complete loop in around five times a second.

The only down side(s) is that when I upgraded, previous history entries that I had deleted came back. I think that has got something to do with the new history search feature. Another minus is that the tool bar that shows the tabs looks Vista inspired - not a good thing when you use Linux.
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How does it compare to Firefox?

I tried Opera years ago when it was 3 or 4 something, thought it was pants, is this one worth a look?

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Hmm. Hard to say how it compares to Firefox. They both load in about the same time, but everything else (loading, browsing, interface) in Opera seems a bit more faster.

Memory usage is around the same, although Opera uses a lot less CPU time on my box than Firefox does - but that's just becuase my box is old.

As for features - Opera has a lot of them, Firefox not so much, but Firefox is every expandable. The current Opera email client also doesn't support HTML emails yet (due for version 10), which can be a disadvantage (I don't like HTML email, so its good).

Overall, I think its worth trying. I've used Opera since version 8 - which is was 2 or 3 years ago. Opera 9.5 is a vast improvement.
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I was just curious, so I tried the Acid 2 test, which tests if the browser can render standards compliant HTML. And Opera 9.5 passed without a hitch. It would be interesting to see if IE7 does - last time I heard it still has trouble.

Here's the link if anyone wants to give it a go: http://www.webstandards.org/action/acid2/
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just tried it with firefox, all I can say is...
Oooops!:shakehead

I think I'll give opera a go just to see

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Just downladed opera 9.5, yeah I have agree it's nice and it passed the acid2 test

I'll see how I get on with it over the next few days

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Just tried the acid2 test on Firefox and you're right, it doesn't work. Tried it with Konqueror 3.5.8 and it got 99% of it working, but the top of the smilie isn't in the right place.

A comment on Opera 9.5: After a while, the black bar that shows the tabs hurts the eyes if the site you are on has a light colored background... I might mod the interface...

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Well I got macintosh native skin up and thats ok on the eyes

Quite safari lookish

So far its nice

Will let you know How I get on

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I downloaded a Safari skin... much better on the eyes...

I have to admit, after being a critic on that whole brushed metal look, it isn't really that bad. In fact, it's actually very nice. It would probaly look better on a Apple display, cause the monitor is made of brushed aluminium whereas mine is cheap plastic with silver paint.
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Yeah brushed metal does look better with a brush ali screen

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Just found the safari skin, yup opera is faster than firefox.

The more I use opera 9.5 the more I like it

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Just found the safari skin, yup opera is faster than firefox.

The more I use opera 9.5 the more I like it

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Same, 9.5 is awesome! :attn:
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Hang on a minute

Have we just started an Opera 9.5 appreciation club or something, cos if we have we'd better get some more members:p

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I use opera on my pc
it deserves to be much more popular than it is
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I was just curious, so I tried the Acid 2 test, which tests if the browser can render standards compliant HTML. And Opera 9.5 passed without a hitch. It would be interesting to see if IE7 does - last time I heard it still has trouble.

Here's the link if anyone wants to give it a go: http://www.webstandards.org/action/acid2/
IE8 is supposed to be much more compliant than 7, and apparently Microsoft is soon going to stop supporting 7.

I read a whole article on 8. It sounds like they hired some smart programmers, but they ended up overthrowing their smarts for microsoft stupidity yet again.
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