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Opera 7 (especially beginning with 7.11) has greatly improved DOM, JS and CSS support and is full of great user features. Some people do report conflicts with other software, however. For instance, Brett (the owner of this board) finds a conflict with his Logitech mouse that makes Opera 7 frustrating.
On the other hand, I haven't found any conflicts, and I also a Logitech mouse. Opera 7.11 is my default browser and I find it extremely user friendly, with many, many unique features that make a devleoper's life easier and save me lots of time. It's paid for my investment many times over.
* no Google toolbar
* it crashes pretty often. Don't know why. However, this shows another nice feature: the startup option 'proceed where you were when I crashed', which simply re-opens all your tabs.
* some sites won't let you in. Not Opera's fault, but annoying.
Correction: Opera 6 stinks. Opera 7 is the one to use.
I regularly use both with no problems with either.
But I'd guess there's something missing in Opera's set-up or error-recovery code that causes problems in configurations.
But, either way, which ever version works for you, Opera is a terrific browser and well worth trying out.
Win 2k machine - opera 6 & 7, mozilla, I.E. 6, netscape 4.78 & 7
Linux - opera 5 & mozilla
Out of all of them, i am most impressed with opera 6 which in its .x releases, has been a mainstay, and represents about 99% of my browsing.
Slowly i am moving over to opera 7, got some excellant tools, though until i can figure out how to strip down the over complex hotlist, i will be bouncing between 6 and 7 for a while to come.
A)Opera 7.11 does not have the same performance. Page rendering is slower than Opera 6. Especially under a heavy load.
B)I am still trying to find someway to import my old SPAM or SORT filters into Opera 7 new mail client (M2). Anyone has a clue?