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it can't launch notepad.exe on a Mac for example.
And skins...? These are slowly filtering through. A while back the Mozilla internals were completely rewritten which broke the existing skins.
1) It crashed a lot for no apparent reason. (WIN2K, 6.0)From my experience, Opera crashes very very rarely. Win2k is stable system and I have no problems with browsers on it.
4) I've never figured out where the cookies are. (I'm sure someone will tell me)Preferences (Alt+P) > Privacy
6) DHTML and advanced CSS is not supported. They'll tell you that on their website.You're mixing completely different things. DOM issues are known (wait for the new Opera7!), but CSS support is the best among all browsers, Mozilla and Opera both are holding the 1st place in this competition and are [almost] equal, with few differences.
3) Tabbed browsing, even though the buttons in Opera allow the same thing, seems a lot easier.I think exactly the opposite. Opera's window/"tabs" management is more flexible, easy and fast. Why flexible? There are many different ways to switch between (and manipulate with) opened windows: several ones using keyboard and several ones using mouse, so everybody can find it's favourite one.
Just a thought: many of those new features that are treated as a Mozilla's strong sides: tabs, mouse gestures, popup blocking, etc... were first implemented in Opera. They were just copied by Mozilla community. All browser enhancements that fisrt appeared in Opera are copied by Mozilla.
Right now Mozilla 1.1 context menu is almost equal to the one of Opera - test it on some framed site and you'll see.
I meant the stored cookies. I know about the server filters.
That's the point. Wait for opera 7.
Just my opinion anyway.
They're both very good browsers, and it took me a LONG time to decide to switch to Mozilla. Of course, when Opera 7 comes along I might just switch back ;) ;) I'm so fickle.
Look at how many people are still using the inferior and obsolete Netscape v4. Why? It's slaveware. Netscape locked people into use a product via many means. The email client, the composer, the what's related search, and other proprietary elements all contributed to locking in users to that product far longer than legitimate.
That same philosophy has carried over to Mozilla. The proprietary source code viewer, the composer, the email client and the other litany of proprietary aspects again are locking in users.
Since when offering useful features became slaveware as Brett put it? It is the number one goal of a product to become different from its competition, and at the same to provide new, useful features for its users (see: useful-users).
1) Mouse gestures. Use them one time and you can't live without 'em
3) Can't get these nice tabs with any other browser
PS. DOn't use Opera 6.05 Windows, it has memory leaks (got up to 55MB in a few hours - not real browsing but testing).
2) The longer I kept the browser open, the larger the memory footprint it was using - checking in Task Manager. It would become huge, larger even than Mozilla, which tells me that there are some memory leak problems. It would not release memory used until you closed the browser.
whoa... for awhile there I thought I was the only one. That's only gripe against Opera that I have and I use it all the time.
I love Opera for it's mouse gestures, tabs, and no pop-ups. Can't use any other browser without the mouse gestures.
Nice tabs? Galeon has nice tabs. I concede the superiority of Opera tabs over those in certain other browsers, but not over the ones in Galeon.
Ctrl-shift-click? Not the same key combo, but the way I have my prefs set I can do the same thing. For me, it's middle-click. Don't remember off the top of my head how to make the new windows open in the foreground.
Comes with the full Mozilla DOM support, too. If Opera 7 is as good as its advertising, though, I might have to fall back on "My browser is open source and yours isn't," but right now I don't see a reason to switch even if both were open-source.
Galeon's mouse gestures (or at least the default config) is making me open the right click menu almost all the time instead of going to the older page. It's more irritating than useful to me.
The middle click would have been very nice if I didn't have a wheel mouse, it sometimes scrolls before the click.
The things I miss in Opera are saving HTTP basic auth credentials and the nice cookie management in Galeon/Mozilla.
the windows copy of opera will open either wordpad or notepad.exe
You can customize it even further. I set mine to "View Source" in Homesite, where I automatically have all kinds of handy tools available to pull the code apart, validate it, etc.
You can change this setting under:
File > Preferences > Programs and Paths