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Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:23 am

Hi: I was curious if anyone has tried the Opera web browser on Linux Mint and what you think of it as compared to Firefox?
Does it have similar features? Is it as fast (or faster?) Any problems playing flash videos and other graphics?
How are the Fonts and Font Rendering with it? Is it compatible with all web sites?

Any feedback will be most appreciated....i was thinking about trying it...but i wanted to get an idea if it was worthwhile to check it out :wink:
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby vincent on Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:47 am

My advice for you is to try out Firefox for a few weeks, try out Opera for a few weeks, then make your own judgment. The browser wars will never end and there will never be a clear consensus on which browser is the most stable/fast/featureful/compatible/cool/whatever. If you're really inclined, you could just do a Google search on something like "firefox vs opera on linux", but the fact is that you'll hardly be able to find any non-biased answers. Remember, one of the great things about Linux is freedom of choice. Only you can determine whether it was worthwhile to have checked something out, but I encourage you to do so because it's what makes computing fun. :D

If you really want my opinion though, I'm a fan of Chromium (open-source upstream version of Google Chrome). It's powered by the Webkit rendering engine and Google's in-house V8 javascript engine, so if there's one thing going for it, it's pure speed, which I think is pure awesomeness. Of course, Chromium's (and Opera's) available extensions aren't quite comparable to Firefox's huge repository of addons, but I don't need the vast majority of them, and addons tend to make your browser a bit sluggish, if you install a whole slew of unnecessary ones.
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Carl on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:24 am

I find that I like Opera allot but I always end up going back to Firefox as I miss all my add-ons :wink: I find that opera has the edge on speed compared to firefox however I find that some websites just plain refuse to render correctly however it's not like I get this problem all the time it might happen like once a week on a random backwater website from digg or reddit. I've never had a problem with flash content in Opera
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Midnighter on Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:33 am

Opera is very nice, has some great features, and was first in many innovations now standard in most browsers (tabbed browsing for one). I usually have it installed, switch between it, firefox, and Seamonkey, depending on what i'm doing, and and what I need. All are good. I've even worked out how to get most of the Firefox Greasemonkey scripts to work with Opera, so it's made it a lot more flexible for me. :)

Give it a try, see how you like it, and make a decision. It's good. You may prefer it, you may not. Only one way to find out. :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby FedoraRefugee on Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:32 am

Ironically, I like almost every other browser available better than Firefox! :cry: But...I use Firefox! :shock:

Why? I don't really even know...I think it is the fact that all the themes and add ons work and there is just not any other browser that gives me the same configuration I like. It is a combination of many small factors. In the end I always go back to that old slow dog that we call the Firefox.

I guess it is not that bad as far as browsers go. Updates are iffy, sometimes the newest fox is badly bug-ridden. Sometimes it is an improvement. It is a bit on the slow side, both to open and in operation...But on today's machines it is tolerable. Not like to old days where you could go make a cup of coffee while waiting on the browser to open...It is a resource hog, and most all other browsers are infinitely lighter and faster...Except IE which is an abomination...

Hey try Opera! I like it, it is a great browser. I just like to put my browser buttons on the top toolbar to save space and most other browsers will not let me do this. Firefox does. So...Firefox stays...For now... :?
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:50 pm

Thanks guys for all the excellent feedback :)
I'm going to install and give it a try to see how i like it....Years ago i use to use both Internet Explorer as well as Netscape on my windows system...On Mac i used both Safari and Camino...
so why not have two browsers on linux?
I'll see how it compares for me to Firefox...should certainly be an interesting experiment :mrgreen:

I just hope it is compatible with most web sites :roll:
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Midnighter on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:01 pm

edit: stupid double post. :P
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Midnighter on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:02 pm

Opera is probably the most web-standards compliant browser around, is one of it's features. Anything that doesn't work with it, well, it's not complying with standards. But that can usually be worked around anyway. :)

Also, I currently have Firefox, Opera, Seamonkey, Chromium, and Epiphany installed, so yeah, I don't think 2 browsers will be a prob for you. :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:12 pm

Thanks mate (as you aussies would say) :lol:
That's great to hear (about the compatibility)....should be fun to explore....
Yeah i guess two isn't too many as compared to all you have...he he :wink:
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby StanTheMan on Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:05 pm

I use Seamonkey from the Mint Software Manager.
It has some user-friendly features that are not in Opera or Firefox.
And it is an Internet suite including an excellent HTML editor.
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Midnighter on Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:21 pm

StanTheMan wrote:I use Seamonkey from the Mint Software Manager.
It has some user-friendly features that are not in Opera or Firefox.
And it is an Internet suite including an excellent HTML editor.



Yes, I am one of the few who missed when the Mozilla Suite got broken down. Firefox was meant to be this light, swift thing, and it was. In the beginning. Now we have something of similar size (mostly) to the suite, with people adding heaps of plugings that bloat it in no time.

The Suite had Browser (Navigator), Email (Mail), HTML Editor (Compozer), and Chat Client (ICQ client originally, now and IRC client). All that bundled together, and I still find the damn think faster than either Thunderbird or Firefox. Now, to get similar functionality with the seperate components, I needs to install Firefox, Thunderbird, Kompozer, and still be missing the chat client. And this makes it several times larger, and not as smoothly integrated. I prefer Seamonkey, it's just that I can't get some of the extension i want to work with it.

Seamonkey (Then the Mozilla Suite) and Opera were always my 2 faves. Opera was blazingly fast, and Mozilla Suite had so much .... stuff. :)


edit: @StanTheMan : I ended up grabbing the newer version from the Mozilla site. Just extracted it to my Home, and created shortcut/link to the Seamonkey script inside the folder. Works fine, and newer stuff, based closer on Firefox engine, so more support with extensions, etc, plus zippier. :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:41 pm

You are quite right...Opera is blazingly fast...i have been using it for several hours now and it's even faster then firefox...Also, it has really nice rendering of web pages and fonts...very "windows like" or "mac like"...in many cases, seemed even nicer then firefox on linux.... very impressive...There was two sites that i had a bit of a problem with as i got the message that the browser was incompatable...but i was able to get into both of them...one had a few issues using the chat program in it...the other one had no problem at all...Otherwise, all sites i normally go to work fine, including banking sites...

So it is VERY usable...and EXTREMELY fast...

I don't see any way to turn off 3rd part cookies like in firefox...seems to be either all or nothing (so i selected all) unless someone knows something i dont?

Also, i don't see any auto complete feature in it? Am i missing that too? But it has no problem saving passwords just like firefox...

Page graphics render beautifully! And Flash Videos are excellent....Streaming videos (like yahoo movie trailers and you tube) are excellent quality for sure...
I think i will be using Opera quite a lot! :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby DrHu on Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:17 pm

I used Opera when it was the only choice against Netscape or other (IE maybe)
--and like it a lot

I have since used Firefox in preference to Netscape (which is still available), but fading faster than a snowflake on a hot day..
--I have also since changed my mind about browser integrated email; originally I found it convenient, but have essentially decided I would rather not have my browser know about any emails I am using
--Opera does have an integrated email, like Netscape had, however I just don't use it

Now about the latest Opera, some features I can live without, even if many seek them
    Speed dial
    --a personal homepage if you like with the favored website selections..
--that's about it; it is as fast as Firefox, it also starts up quicker, Firefox always seems slow to load, and Opera's edit site preferences and block content features are just as effective as no-script,adblock plus, customize google (to prevent click-tracking)and other Firefox extensions, that are available; although not as automatic or perhaps as convenient
    Opera Turbo mode may also help with slower or dialup connections
--the integrated web server in Opera could also be a plus, if you do any web page design..


I guess the only thing holding Opera back is its lack of addons/extensions, despite the fact that this is only a popularity contest, with many extensions, many of which are pointless/worthless
--I only ever use 3 Firefox extensions, and don't want to clutter up the browser with more
  • Noscript
  • adblock plus
  • customize google
    --I also set the hyperlink colors clicked, unclicked to be the same (helps prevent click tracking..
--That's it, that's all I do to the browser (Firefox..)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby DrHu on Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:30 pm

craig10x wrote:Also, i don't see any auto complete feature in it? Am i missing that too? But it has no problem saving passwords just like firefox...

Just go through the advanced settings under Tools>Preferences>advanced
--they are all there server name completion, cookie management
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby Midnighter on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:46 am

craig10x wrote:You are quite right...Opera is blazingly fast...i have been using it for several hours now and it's even faster then firefox...Also, it has really nice rendering of web pages and fonts...very "windows like" or "mac like"...in many cases, seemed even nicer then firefox on linux.... very impressive...There was two sites that i had a bit of a problem with as i got the message that the browser was incompatable...but i was able to get into both of them...one had a few issues using the chat program in it...the other one had no problem at all...Otherwise, all sites i normally go to work fine, including banking sites...

So it is VERY usable...and EXTREMELY fast...

I don't see any way to turn off 3rd part cookies like in firefox...seems to be either all or nothing (so i selected all) unless someone knows something i dont?

Also, i don't see any auto complete feature in it? Am i missing that too? But it has no problem saving passwords just like firefox...

Page graphics render beautifully! And Flash Videos are excellent....Streaming videos (like yahoo movie trailers and you tube) are excellent quality for sure...
I think i will be using Opera quite a lot! :)



"I don't see any way to turn off 3rd part cookies like in firefox...seems to be either all or nothing (so i selected all) unless someone knows something i dont?"
Tools>Preferences>Advanced>Cookies>Accept cookies only from the sites I visit. :)

Have a browse thru the Tools>Preferences section, plenty to change to suit you mate. :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Thanks mate...i found them...I must say i am very impressed with Opera overall...I love it's speed, page rendering, fonts they use, which are outstanding...much nicer then firefox i think...and it is really great with java, flash, streaming video, etc...Only thing is i wish it were compatible with all websites like IE and Firefox but what i plan to do is use Opera as my main browser now, and the few sites that are incompatible i will use firefox for those....so far i have only experienced two such sites...I do use a brokerage (Optionshouse) which unfortunately only works with IE and Firefox, so for them, i'll get into it using Firefox....other then that... I think it is going to be Opera all the way... :)
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby zombie on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:22 pm

craig10x wrote:I don't see any way to turn off 3rd part cookies like in firefox...seems to be either all or nothing (so i selected all) unless someone knows something i dont?

You can block site specific cookies by right-clicking on the page. Then: Edit Site Preferences... > Cookies
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby SelahJaden on Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:52 am

i totally agree with vincent
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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby cebalrai on Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:33 am

vincent wrote:My advice for you is to try out Firefox for a few weeks, try out Opera for a few weeks, then make your own judgment. The browser wars will never end and there will never be a clear consensus on which browser is the most stable/fast/featureful/compatible/cool/whatever. If you're really inclined, you could just do a Google search on something like "firefox vs opera on linux", but the fact is that you'll hardly be able to find any non-biased answers. Remember, one of the great things about Linux is freedom of choice. Only you can determine whether it was worthwhile to have checked something out, but I encourage you to do so because it's what makes computing fun. :D

If you really want my opinion though, I'm a fan of Chromium (open-source upstream version of Google Chrome). It's powered by the Webkit rendering engine and Google's in-house V8 javascript engine, so if there's one thing going for it, it's pure speed, which I think is pure awesomeness. Of course, Chromium's (and Opera's) available extensions aren't quite comparable to Firefox's huge repository of addons, but I don't need the vast majority of them, and addons tend to make your browser a bit sluggish, if you install a whole slew of unnecessary ones.


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Re: Opera Web Browser...

Postby craig10x on Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:55 am

I was just wondering.....The version we have in Linux Mint is the current 10.10 version of course...When the new 10.50 version is released for Linux (at the moment only the windows version is available for that) will we automatically get it on Mint through the Updates? Or would it be available in the Software Manager or the Package Manager?
And what's the best way to change? By doing an upgrade or delete the old version and install the new one?

By the way..i am really enjoying using Opera...i think it's becoming my primary browser :)
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