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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. The DataRat

    “many years ago, as
    I recall, Opera was
    a search engine”

    .

    I believe you are confusing Opera with something else.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_browser#History

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    The DataRat

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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