Its really a shame that people are so persuaded by something as simple as advertising.
Yes Opera screwed up by not making its browser free so long ago, but it is free now....
An article on popular firefox extensions... intrigued me. Was there something that I was missing???
Too be honest I wish there was. So many geeks use firefox nowadays that I assume that I must be doing something wrong by relying only on Opera and Internet Explorer.
If opera advertised, surely it would excede firefox as the most common second browser among anyones choice. Apart from all the features that firefox needs "extensions" for... Opera does automatically.
Mouse gestures are neat but not something I use. Built in Email client also terrific, completely customizeably interface... as well as going much further for the serious geeks... (including style interface interception, cookie managers, referrer switching, quyick changing (cookies, referer logging, as well as browser identification). The integrated performance manager is also a easily accessible treat. Including adjusting cache sizes and history changes for use on older systems.
The main Opera download is only 4.3MB making it accesible to dial up users, as well as the fact that all of the faetures available only as extensions to firefox users are included in that 4.3MB download. Voice capability is the only "addon" that I have come across, although that weighs in at a hefty 10MB, still its nice to control your browser through vocal commands.
Lets not exclude security. Opera is far more secure then Firefox. I use only nod32 as my antimalware software, (with occasional spybot sweeps) that have never turned up malware on my system. rootkit revealer has also turned up nothing. Rootkit revelaer has only shown one problem in 2 years also, but that was related to game installs. The dreaded starforce antipiracy software... which was quickly removed...
I tried firefox when it came out, who didn't? But the lack of included features and lack of security (it was more secure then IE6 for almost 3 months, now it is targetted however... and without prompts to tell you that "updates are available" (unless that has changed recently) I cant see how they can claim more security...)
I love Opera, and a small 100KB backup transfers all of my 300 bookmarks, password log ins as well as cookies that I keep a tight control on (Through the integrated cookie manager)
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