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Opera releases new Chromium-powered desktop browser

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12:23 pm on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/05/28/opera-previews-its-new-desktop-browser-for-mac-and-windows-made-from-scratch/ [thenextweb.com]

Opera releases new Chromium-powered desktop browser for Mac and Windows

Now that Opera's desktop browser is based on Chromium, having ditched its own Presto rendering engine first for WebKit and now Blink, there's a good reason for you to give it a whirl if you haven't tried it in a while.


Download link: http://www.opera.com/developer/next [opera.com]

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12:28 pm on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You ( at least 10,000 of you, and at least for a month or so, and report back in fora, not just to Opera ) go first..

Ah ..Sorry ..Mac and Windows..well as I air gap all windows machines from the 'net..I'll wait until they release it for Linux..and then you can still "go first"..:)
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At least they're not suggesting this new browser as an update tp version 12.15. I am not willing to lose the features I've become familiar with and the customizations I've made. I suppose I'll need to start finding some alternatives for those things eventually.
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Less browser engines out there could make for a long day with regard to who sets and debugs the standards me thinks .. Bad move on the part of Opera
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OPERA + BLINK = TOTAL DISASTER!

Opera has committed total absolute undeniable suicide! Their revenue in 2011 was 89,7400,000 NOK which translates in to $152,679,149 USD, this was nothing more than a board of directors decision to merely increase margins!

Opera 15 is nothing but a Chromium copy and paste with very minor tweaks. Everything that defined Opera is gone! It's like taking Nikola Tesla and replacing him with someone who suffers from mental retardation and an IQ of 40. I have never seen any software so ruthlessly decimated.

Opera fans: spare yourselves the ultimate software grief and move on. Rest in Peace Opera. :(

- John
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Me not like it. I stay away from C or G if you like, it's the same to me, part of a strategy.

I use Firefox and Opera, that's it. I like my Opera Link to sync all my data from Tablet -> Phone -> PC and -> the other PC. And I like Opera for what it is and has been.
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I really like Maxthon. It is the browser many haven't heard about but is fast and doesn't crash.
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From what I see so far, it's very dumbed down. All the power user settings options are gone. Uninstalling.
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It's Chrome-lite.

I can see the difference with the rendering engine on different sites. For example, it's an improvement on Google sites.

They don't have many extentions available. They do have a few of my essentials, so the browser is usable. Can I assume they'll let us use the Google Chrome store eventually?

I do miss all of my advanced features and customizations. Notes, bookmarks, and the like are still being worked on apparently. You can access them, but only from a web page.
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Opera has been being flamed to death in their own site since they posted the new browser preview. It is unlike anything I have ever witnessed in 35 years of tech work. Over 1500 posts with easily 90% negative.

They put out a new post yesterday:

[my.opera.com...]

You don't need to worry about Opera becoming a clone of something, or that you will be forced to stop using 12.x before you think we're ready. Our mission didn't change - we're going to bring you the best Internet experience. We are on the way to build the best browser out there. A browser that is not tied to the particular version number but is a continuously work in progress. Seeing your engagement I think we can count on your help and feedback.

So if something is not in Opera 15 stable - don't worry, Opera Next 16 will be released roughly same time as Opera 15 stable. And the time span between the two will be shorter than ever.
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Saw the same thing myself yesterday. If they don't release a beta, and quick, that has the features Opera users such as myself have grown to love ---- they've driven a huge nail in their coffin.
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Only available for Windows and Mac. Underwhelmed a second time - first was the announcement.

I used to use Opera to ensure my markup would still work in the other browsers when they 'caught up' to being more standards like in the baby steps they take in getting there.
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Less browser engines out there could make for a long day with regard to who sets and debugs the standards me thinks .. Bad move on the part of Opera


I don't think we have too much to worry about there. We still have three big players and they, to different degrees, appear to be committed to supporting standards.

I don't think we have to fear going back to the IE6 stagnation days anytime soon.