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Opera 9.5 gives Firefox 3 a run for its money

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on June 21, 2008 06:10 AM
The only problem with Opera 9.5 was the horrid new theme, thankfully you can still get the old one. Ever since mozilla devs went into denial about non-existant memory leaks that required me to reboot my PC twice a day to recover the lost memory I've been using Opera quite happily, it took some getting used to how things were a little different from firefox but after a few weeks everything hums along nicely. Oh and for a product that wasn't supposed to be so bloated, why is it that Opera has all these features by default and still ends up so much smaller than firefox?

As for free v opensource, does it really matter in this case? After you take into account that spats between mozilla and debian devs among others over patching their precious software and then can no longer make use of trademarks to actively discourage others for distributing modified copies it doesn't seem to make a squat of difference how open the cost is, because the chance of getting useful changes into firefox is next to nil unless you are part of the in crowd or pay them lots of money.

Also at least Opera is nice enough to pester you about the anti-phising stuff, unlike firefox which just sends all URLs you browse to off to google and others, firefox is becoming more like a trojan spying on its users and then phoning home with everything they do than a piece of useful software.


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