@dentrexx said in opera is so slow in egypt:
I... So what should we do?
There are only two paths of which I'm aware: either a user must obtain relaxation of their national censorship or find a mechanism around it. In most cases, the censorship is political/morality-based and can be extremely difficult for an individual user to bring about changes. Finding a mechanism to bypass the censorship requires creativity, technical knowledge, and carries personal risk in many cases (where getting caught bypassing censorship carries a variety of personal sanctions).
Technically, there are VPNs that appear to more readily bypass censorship in some locales, but that often has to do with allowing visiting businessmen to employ corporate VPN tunneling for business privacy purposes. In some places, satellite phones can be employed (if permitted in that nation or if operating one undetected). And there have been certain organizations that have made 'secret' websites available for vetted members that redirect visits to that website onto the open web, but this has usually been a covert arrangement and not easily joined into.
As noted earlier, anything a user can employ in terms of marketplace VPN software can also be obtained and installed by the censor and analyzed for its connection IPs and techniques... in which case, a determined censor can block it as well. Since there are a fair number of VPNs out there in the marketplace, determined users can sometimes find a VPN that bypasses a given censorship wall, at least for a time... there are no guarantees, but this is the most likely approach for most ordinary users to try.
Unfortunately, as with any repressive practice in the world, those living under it are largely locked into it until such time as the local political/morality atmosphere is made to change.
Opera's "VPN" isn't even a VPN. It's a proxy, and only works for browsing. Either the poster is just overthinking, it's a coincidence, or something else. It can't be the "VPN" though.
I, too, was surprised to see that added search engines can't be set as the default. Surprised but not dismayed: Is two extra key-presses too onerous? A letter for the keyword and a space before your search string doesn't seem a great inconvenience...
Indeed, there may be financial deals in place prioritizing the "standard" search engines.
And, likely, most users won't notice, let alone be bothered by such. TIA, I'm not really that surprised! Opera does need to make money where it can, and Google, et al, do pay in some way or other... I long ago relinquished my fear of Google: I know the drawbacks and risks, and I deal with them when I must. For me, it's a case of "good enough" for casual use. Just as I'd never use Wikipedia for serious research, I'd not depend on one search engine to get to crucial information.
And since I don't have to I am not too bothered by this "lack of openness". Don't let Perfect be the enemy of Good! is my advice.