Friday, June 23, 2006

Opera 9 is out


Opera, the excellent, free but non Open Source web browser alternative to Firefox was recently upgraded to version 9 with a slew of new cutting edge features to better compete with IE7 and Firefox 2.0.

Features:
  • Widgets (*rolls eyes upwards*)
  • Bittorrent support. An external Bittorrent client is no longer needed to participate in torrenting.
  • Thumbnail previews. Hovering your mouse over a tab would give a preview of the web page it contains.
  • Site preferences. This is a very good feature: allow or deny cookies, pop-ups and scripting on a site-to-site basis.
Bear in mind that Opera is the first Windows browser to fully comply with the Acid2 test (yup, not even Firefox is fully compliant). Opera has been reviewed to be extremely fast, requiring little memory, and overall excellent.

Personally, I do not care much about the Widgets features as so far I'm already using Yahoo's excellent Widget Engine (aka Konfabulator) and also shutting down Google's Desktop's attempt to populate my desktop with its Gadgets.

However, I do love the fact that Opera installs nicely in SUSE Linux, and is currently my browser of choice in Linux(*).

Footnotes:
  • Another review of Opera: Link
  • Download: Link
  • Features Overview: Link
  • and yet another review: Link
  • 30 days to becoming an Opera Lover: Link
*The epiphany I came to about using Linux is that Linux is more about the philosophy and principle of Open Source. Linux is about freedom from draconian licensing laws and restricted use and distribution. Many Linux users would abandon commercial software for their open source equivalent. The example here is Opera vs Firefox. So, the fact that I stated I prefer Opera over Firefox in Linux would make many feel like throwing stones!

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