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  • kelltic

    I hope this isn’t too far off the subject but since you are so fond of Opera:

    Many, many years ago, as I recall, Opera was a search engine. I used it exclusively. Then one day it locked me out. Went to some sort of pay per search which I interested me not at all, not that I was invited to subscribe or whatever it was doing at the time. So – I went on to use AlltheWeb for my searches. I forgot about Opera altogether except for seeing its little icon here and there at the very bottom of web pages. Then OPERA, the browser, appeared. Do you know anything about all of this? Is my memory doing funky foggy again?

  • @kelltic

    Sorry, I don’t go that far back with Internet. :) I only started to use it regularly around late 1999 or early 2000. By that time Opera had been long released and closing in on versions 4-5 since which I started to use it.

  • Saurabh

    Hope you’re not confusing plugins and extensions. Opera has plugins but does not support extensions. Usually plugins in Opera are created via Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI). NPAPI plugins are supported by Opera, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Konqueror. (So these plugins are cross-browser.) . So if a plugin has been created for Firefox via the NPAPI interface , it will work in Opera, thus making Opera have the same support for plugins as Firefox.

  • @Saurabh

    I am generalizing a bit, I use plugin as generic term for anything that extends native browser functionality. There are way too many approaches and names for this between different browsers, so I just lump it all under plugins.

  • The DataRat

    “It doesn’t have easy
    and abundant plugins
    and relies more heavily
    on native functions”

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    Something which -after using Opera for a LOT of years- I can’t say
    I find disadvantageous. Just about all the functionality I desire
    is present natively. And the few plug-in’s Opera does have (e.g.
    Flash) I’m very pleased that it permits them to be conveniently
    turned ~off~ !

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    The DataRat

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  • The DataRat

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    Anybody try Oper v. 10.5, yet ?

    BetaNews tests have it faster than Google Chrome:

    http://www.betanews.com/article/Its-a-threeway-race-Opera-preview-clings-to-lead-over-Safari-4-Chrome-5/1265150085

    Opera 10.5 is not alpha …it’s pre-alpha ! So, it’s feature-set
    is incomplete. Within that limitation, though, my experience has
    been that it indeed is faster than the Chrome v. 5.0.307.1 which I
    have been using. ( And, even with an incomplete feature-set, it
    ~still~ has more features than Chrome ! )

    This looks to be terrific by the time they get it even to beta.

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    The Digital Rodent

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  • Saurabh Kumar

    Yeah I tried 10.5. Cant’t say that I’m able to perceive a difference in page loading or js speed. Millisecond differences have always passed me over. but the application itself seems fast. (They now switch tabs on click rather on release, like Chrome which adds to the illusion.) . But Opera remains my fav browser.

  • @The DataRat

    Just to clarify this is more of a post about how plugins in Opera can cause issues, rather than plugins in general and their advantages/disadvantages. :) You know I hardly need Firefox-like extensions in Opera either.

    I don’t run alpha/beta/whatever versions of software unless I am really going to test it for bugs and such. Otherwise I just wait for release (and in some cases release and first patch/minor update).

    On performance – it’s about time. Opera was always getting major upgrades to internals from time to time. Lately they had their plate so full with Unite and such that internal updates seem to be spread and more rare.

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