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NewsForge: Opera for Linux: We wish them luck but...

Feb 28, 2001, 21:38 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"I finally got around to a full day of playing with the (proprietary) Opera Browser 5.0 Linux beta. It's the fastest browser I've ever used in any operating system, but I'm not ready to spend $39 or look at annoying ads in return for using it. And with (free, Open Source) Konqueror steadily improving, Opera may never be able to make a living selling its browser to Linux users unless the company has some very big and sexy rabbits waiting to be pulled out of its development hat."

"First, let me tell you about the ads. The "free" version of Opera throws an ad in the upper right hand corner of the screen. For someone like me whose bad eyes and 14.1" laptop screen dictate 800X600 screen resolution, this is a major annoyance because it eats up a significant amount of my tiny working space. Then I go to a site that is already as full of ads as I can tolerate (like NewsForge itself, which admittedly rides the edge of readability in this respect) and I simply can't handle it all."

"In return for the ad annoyance I get a browser that won't handle plugins; now and then I have no choice but to wade through government documents published in Acrobat format, and I've got to admit that I like to grab a little sound and fury in Real or Flash now and then. Opera's current Linux beta also freezes me out of any site that uses Java. I may not love Java-laden sites, but until I have King of the World power over all Web design it is something I must live with."

"Opera's Linux beta also doesn't have email built-in, a factor that might not bother Pine users, but I'm a lazy cuss who has been using Netscape Messenger for years, and I have gotten spoiled by the ease of simply using one (admittedly bloated) piece of software for virtually all of my online browsing and communication needs."

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