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Build number only went from 3221 for 7.22 to 3226 for 7.23 so not too much I guess.
(note the lack of "beta" or "preview" in the path)
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[edited by: amznVibe at 2:30 am (utc) on Nov. 21, 2003]
> Opera is free
That is a matter of definition. If you do not want to buy Opera you pay for it indirectly by giving real estate on your screen to advertisers.
But your other point has full value.
I hesitate a bit to upgrade once again. When I upgraded from 7.21 to 7.22 I hit into mysterious problems with the mail client which may or may not be Opera's fault.
I am a bit sentimental about Opera. Being Scandinavian I have to admit a certain degree of quasi-nationalistic pride in my attitude to Scandinavian products of high quality though it must be said that AFAIK the development team behind Opera is rather international.
I've gotten so used to ignoring the banners on websites, I don't even notice that Opera banner anymore. And in the end, I severely limit the amount of icons on my toolbar, so removing that banner would result in unused, empty realestate anyway. :)
BTW, what part of Scandinavia are you from? I've been planning to learn Norwegian for a while now, but in the daily contest between my Norwegian learning book and my computer, the computer always seems to win. ;)
The previous version I was using would immediately start rendering any HTML code, making it look very busy. I could for example see ALT-texts very briefly of all images being loaded. (I didn't quite like that.)
This version waits some 0.3 seconds or so before displaying the page. IE 6.0 does something similar, but it works much smoother there.
Opera 7.23 even does it when there isn't any reason to do so, I noticed. I have a start page that is a local HTML file that doesn't contain any graphics, so it should load immediately. When I click the Home button, it still takes this 0.3 seconds before it displays.
Why Opera? For me it's all of the little customization options, shortcuts, and innovative features. Very few of them are amazing by themselves, but they all add up to a solid package.
I use Firebird for testing and I would choose it over IE any day, but after getting used to Opera's multitude of useful features I just can't switch. I'm hooked.
A few years ago, my new computer needed repairs, so I had to work with my old one. An excellent occasion to see if Opera is faster, I thought, as the slow 486 120MHZ would make differences in speed quite obvious.
I'm not sure which version of Opera I was trying, it must have been 4 or so, but compared to IE 5.5 it was definitely slower.
A couple of months ago I've been comparing Opera 7.11 to Netscape 7 and IE 6. To my eyes, it was definitely faster than Netscape, but slower than IE 6 in displaying pages.
At the time it mattered particularly to me what some renewed page for my site was doing in different browsers.
It displayed fastest in IE 6, not in Opera.
Opera's good, though. No denying that! (Also seems to render a page a bit more predictably than Firebird. I've noticed that FB tends to leave "chunks" out of some pages until you go to another tab then come back.)