Can't wait to try it. They have the first build of the next series out. When I open my "morning run" of 21 tabs, it rocked right through them. First Barracuda build: [my.opera.com
I think the biggest thing to learn from the browser speed tests is that page load speed is much less important these days. What is important is "surf speed". that is the speed with which you actually can open, navigate and get around pages.
Places I find Opera is still the fastest:
- single key surfing. (on your left hand you have z=back x=forward. Seems almost trivial, but it speeds up surfing by considerable amounts.)
- mouse gestures. speed up surfing like no other browser feature in history.
- tab options. (pin, stack, and open/close in a myriad of options)
- form submission (shift click on a form button to keep the current able and open the submission in a new tab. No more wiped out forms if you make a mistake on the form!)
- auto reload a page at a set interval. Great for sites like Twitter (or your websites log files).
- sync. pretty impressive to sync everything in your browser.
- dropbox compatible. Just install Opera in your dropbox and you are 100% in sync all the time. (i would move the cache to your local drive).
- configurability. although it is a bit daunting, and Opera software can screw with your favorite option (happens every build almost), no other browser comes anywhere close to the number of option you can set in Opera (both via the options interface, or config screen)
- what is really cool is that all of the above is builtin. No addons, no installs, no goofing anything from an untrusted 3rd party.
All of the above combine to make Opera the fastest surfing browser around. I hate firing up FireFox because it is so slow. Who can suffer being hassled by-the-man (Chrome or IE) these days? An safari - well, we know that is just for the girls ;-) (ducking and running)