Since Opera went down the Chrome route, I've been using Maxthon. I've found it to be a little faster than Firefox, and with very few crashes. Maxthon does have a lot of skins, but not many extensions - for that, Firefox is unbeatable, and much better than either Opera or Chrome.
Opera 26 has I think, still got quite a long way to go before I can use it as my main browser.
If you are looking for a browser that's like Opera 12 you might like Otter - http://otter-browser.org/
I'm guessing there's a reason you mentioned me here. Why is anybody's wild guess. Do you, by chance, think I support "security theater" that molests grandmas and little children while doing nothing to stop actual terrorists?
Oh, man!!! I must be furiously old-fashioned. The only device injuries I seem to get come from not being as careful as I should be around power tools.
The last incident at least wasn't too bad-- I was using a Roto-Zip bit in my Dremel Motor-tool (advertized speed around 30,000 rpm) and got the tip a little too close to my finger. Fortunately it only just barely touched and I only got a slight nick out of it (really slight, if I didn't know it had touched no one would know) but--- that's my recent "device injury" story.
Mozilla added DuckDuckGo for everyone themselves along with a recent update
The first thing we’ve done to give our users more control is to add DuckDuckGo as a pre-installed search option in Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Search is an integral, and deeply personal, part of online life. The things you search for can say a lot about who you are. DuckDuckGo gives you search results without tracking who you are or what you search for. Other engines may use tracking to enhance your search results, but we believe that’s a choice you should get to make for yourself.
Well, my SD in nothing special - if we do not count my "unusual" tools layout: tile's set to auto - so having 8 columns (I have more than 40 tiles), a Google search-bar at the top... And a custom wallpaper from my own photos (2011)
Well La-di-da... good find!
Thanks for the info
I'm thinking more along the lines of a Windows based tablet, but only time will tell...
It's hard to replace a desktop for tablet when graphic/web design is involved.
My wife recently replaced her Dell desktop with a Surface Pro 3 and she loves it.
As far as Blink ... it is open source, that means any changes Opera make to Blink itself must be available to anyone. (Open source does not mean public domain.) Apple didn't originate webkit - it was based on the (also open source) khtml engine used in the Konqueror browser on Linux and FreeBSD. So any change Opera, Google, Apple, Konqueror or anyone else make is available to everyone ... if they can figure out how to use it. Truth is, khtml is quite far behind webkit because it is hard for them to incorporate all the updates into their code.
Now, Opera's UI is totally theirs, Google has some proprietary stuff of their own in Chrome, likewise Apple in Safari though Konqueror is completely open source. But not one of those entities sells the browser, so ...
What should I prepare FOR Linux?
This is a nicer way of asking so I think I can organize my ideas and answer the topic too.
Before and while you consider the points below you must analyze and research:
Are you curious and interested in software that may provide you a better experience after you have set it up, and do you have some free time?
The reasons to switch to Linux.
What desktop environment suits you better. The differences in using the computer compared to the other system you're used to exist but they're not necessarily good or bad, it's a matter of personal preference.
What distribution is more in line with your ideals, wishes and needs. For this the development and release models and in which desktop environment(s) they specialize is also important.
It may not be easy to evaluate all of that but happily you can try a LiveUSB/DVD/CD.
What you should know:
Learn what a bootloader does at least to the point where you can configure GRUB to remove the usual XX seconds delay when starting the system.
For dual-boot. Windows won't want to read the Linux file system. Linux will read NTFS but only if Windows has been shutdown properly before you try to access it (ok with Win8.0, with Win8.1 I had to disable hibernation completely). More GRUB...
Drivers. Everything should work out of the box but pray for your graphics card support.
Lack of common media file formats support due to patents, etc.
Software availability: what exists and what's in the official and unofficial repositories + packages downloaded from the web for your distro (e.g. RPM, DEB, other). Lack of proprietary software you're used to, so you'll deal with alternative software and sometimes they're not as feature-complete. And when one closed-source version of that software or an alternative exists (even if freeware) for Linux the majority of distributions will "boycott" it.
Issues? Sometimes you can ask in a forum or create a bug report, but prepare yourself to learn the name of some components and what they do and receive instructions on how to edit some lines in a file in an obscure location (after some terminal-fu of course).