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Opera doesn't work properly on an increasing number of sites

  • I'm using opera 12.16 on linux mint. Google calendar opens on the mobile version. Gmail compose has all sorts of problems. Twitter won't load images and I had to clear my entire history of everything in order to get the css reloaded. Confluence editing is jsut awful.... There are an increasing number of sites that have problems with Opera. It's getting to be so bad that I seem to have no choice but to switch. I already always have FF open as it is.

    I'm guessing Opera is no longer maintaining this browser since they are busy trying to get a new browser out with a different engine. Can anyone confirm that?

  • Originally posted by Reijer:

    Google calendar opens on the mobile version.

    Odd. I think I visited that just a couple of days ago and it was fine, but I can confirm that. I'd add that this is 100% Google's fault. Identify as Firefox and you get the website the way it used to be. Google uses (broken) browser sniffing instead of proper object detection and the like.

    Originally posted by Reijer:

    I'm guessing Opera is no longer maintaining this browser since they are busy trying to get a new browser out with a different engine. Can anyone confirm that?

    They should release a security upgrade for 12.1x if necessary, but other than that it's simply slowly getting older.

  • Many sites were feeding Opera/Linux the mobile version simply because they can't tell the difference between it and Opera Classic for Android when the latter is set to identify as a desktop version. Stupid - if I'm on my tablet I generally don't want the mobile version anyway. If they were to do it based on screen size, then it might make sense ...

  • i run opera on xubuntu and haven't noticed any problems (though i don't frequent the sites you mentioned). perhaps try a reinstall. i keep a copy of opera installer in my downloads folder and occasionally reinstall it (you never know what bleachbit will mess up). not sure if your using the open source plugins etc, if so, you could try the restricted extras download through the software center (to get true adobe flash, java, etc instead of the open source copies).

  • Android code is in Linux now (Google sent the code to Linux), so some sites might mix them up (lots of web devs and browser makers with test with different UA strings to see what a site sends a browser)

    You might check http://www.opera.com/docs/browserjs/ see if you have the browserjs file from Jan 2014 (other browsers have similar things to try to fix bugs in sites (work arounds))

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