Yesterday Opera suggested that I upgrade from ver. 12.17 to 30.0, offering all kinds of improvements.
I am one of many people for whom dial-up is the only available and practical means of connecting to the internet. I still use Windows XP SP3, the most stable Windows OS I have ever used. Opera 12.17 has also been very stable. Having suffered through Windows 3.0, 3.1, and 95, this stability is very important to me.
Opera 30.0, sadly, did not provide improvements for me. As a matter of fact, after using it for less than a day, it has started crashing without warning or explanation. This is the first crashing I have experienced for a decade or so and is a horrible flashback to earlier times.
I would like to make the point that everything new is not better. Improvements for one do not mean improvements for all. I am unhappy that Opera has joined the legions who offer things that can't be provided, on the basis that it works for some.
I have no intention of debugging the Opera 30.0 installation. That is not how I want to spend my time. So I'm going back to the old, stable setup.