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ajt (2546)

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Wednesday November 13, 2002
03:25 PM

Opera 7

[ #8941 ]

Opera 7 beta 1 for Windows was released to the public this week. Okay it's not open source, nor is it free beer (adware), but it's always been a pretty good if not very popular browser.

Externally it still looks very similar to the older 5.x/6.x GUI - so it's still a bit ugly when compared with a Mozilla based browser. The excellent tabbed interface is still there, and there are now more ways to slice and dice the interface. Internally the new version is a major re-write of the rendering engine, and on a few quick tests on DOM pages that the old browser failed on, it passes quite well.

At the end of the day not many people will actually use it - which is a shame, as it's a tiny download, and blisteringly fast......

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  • ...must truly be in the eye of the beholder since

    Externally it still looks very similar to the older 5.x/6.x GUI - so it's still a bit ugly when compared with a Mozilla based browser.

    ... I've always found Mozilla to be garishly ugly (never mind slow as a sloth in molasses [1]), no matter what platform, and Opera 6 is my broser of choice, at least in Windows (work). In Mac OS X (home) I vacillate between Omniweb and Opera. In Linux I usually use SuSE and if I need a graphical browser at all there's

    • The default Mozilla chrome isn't very nice I'll grant you, but some of the alternatives are very pretty. Opera 6 (Win32) even when skinned always looked a little rough round the edges, and doesn't quite match it. Opera 7 is a slight improvement over 6, which while I don't think it's as pretty as Mozilla yet, it is nicer to look at than IE.

      I couldn't agree more regarding speed, Opera is tiny, so it's quick to download, and it starts and runs amazingly fast. I've always liked it's tabbed browsing, which I t

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