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The tale of the little old house

  • I don't see any rise, or this rise is just too slow to spot. It's been a year now but nothing's changed
    Tell us more about the changes you have seen to Opera 12 since Aug 2012 (your account creation date).

    What was wrong with the little old Opera as we knew it?

    • Ugly compatibility issues with websites that never ceased to appear. Devs had to deal with them losing precious time because the users don't know, don't want to know and even deny when we say it may be or it's the websites fault (leaving Opera).

    • The engine performance was broken: lags/hangs and freezing in popular sites using modern web standards technologies, no fix for OOPP, no hardware acceleration (an endless beta).

    • Code complexity for features that not even near of 1% of the users cared about or that are doable, making it difficult for them to maintain and introduce new features without breaking something else in the browser.

    Switching to Chromium solves all that at once.

    There was a section for Friends
    Hm this thread isn't about the "My Opera" website.

  • Tell us more about the changes you have seen to Opera 12 since Aug 2012 (your account creation date).

    My account creation date has nothing to do anything with since when I've been using Opera. It's 2006-2007 FYI. And I don't see the point of your question. Who says that something needed to be changed in Opera? Besides those (rather rare in my case) incompatibility and performance issues, there was not much to change, the browser was almost perfect. And in fact, still is pretty much usable.

    Switching to Chromium solves all that at once.

    What you are saying is basically "getting rid of all those features and flexibility that Opera was loved for solved the problem". Doesn't sound much like a solution to me.

  • It would help if the architect told a little bit more about what's going to be added to this new building in the future. It's bad enough that we've lost many things from the old house which were exactly the reason why we preferred that over the competition, but it's worse to not know whether it will be anything like the old house again. That will help us decide whether it's worth waiting or else decide that we can move on and find an alternative that suits us better.

  • I think we need to exercise some patience here. Mozilla does not broadcast all of its coming features nor does Apple nor MS. Why should Opera? We know this: Opera 20 is a far sight more capable than Opera 15 and that should be an indication that things are getting done in their good time and that the job ahead is a challenging one.

  • Best tale i've read in a long time.

  • nice story. however, the chapter 2, "ravages of time" needs some context to understand peoples frustration. if we are to believe opera's former ceo and creator, the owners of the home decided to no longer maintain it and invested elsewhere (admarvel and skyfire). this is why the home degraded (no money for presto maintenance and improvement). but it's all irrelevant at this point, 'cuz what's done is done.

  • @leushino: fair enough, but a vision would still be nice. Is Opera going to be (eventually) a highly customizable browser that will also suit knowledgeable people? Or will Opera rely on extensions for any advanced feature that we used to have before?

  • And then all the Linux Users got evicted, now they or have other house or are homeless, question why would anyone return to a house from which he was kicked? Other houses can be worse but the newer is not good either and, as they forbid you from entering, why would you even care?

  • @Chrisoph142

    If the analogy is to represent that nothing lasts forever, then you would be right, but your apple pie little story paints an inaccurate image.

    Opera has moved into someone else's house. They now have; a room that they can furnish the way they want, walls they can paint any colour they want and if they are lucky, there might be a balcony or piece of land in the backyard allotted to them to plant a garden. BUT it is no longer their home and therefore they must follow the rules of the house. So gone is the ability to play loud music past a certain time or have over company whenever you want because Opera can only operate within the parameters that Chromium allows and that is why, in a house with many different rooms, they all look the same from the outside.

    This is what always happens when one trades away their sovereignty for the convenience of having someone else do the heavy lifting. Politics is politricks the world over, Jon knew it and that's why he left home

  • I think we need to exercise some patience here. Mozilla does not broadcast all of its coming features nor does Apple nor MS. Why should Opera? We know this: Opera 20 is a far sight more capable than Opera 15 and that should be an indication that things are getting done in their good time and that the job ahead is a challenging one.

    yes, patience is a virtue after all but when Opera's people say certain features like notes, mail, (proper)bookmarks are either never to return or just not on the radar, what are we waiting for?

    Safari and Chrome are awful browsers and now Opera shares their DNA. Nothing lasts forever and so I have moved on but it still saddens me to lose Opera.

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