Are you people referring to Opera 31? I'm using Opera 30 and I LOVE the speed dial thumbnails - they are beautiful and if you want to change them to thumbnail screenshots of the web site just click on the heart.
Lots of choices for everyone - what's not to love?
Not understanding the complaints...
Well, I WAS also using Opera 30, but suddenly my browser now says "Opera has been updated". If I could go back to 30, I'd not be complaining. I hope that you've found a solution against this very intrusive feature... If you can share your method to stop auto-updating, thanks in advance.
I want to get rid of this "experimental" speed dial. Considering the number of posts here asking for the way to get rid of this ugly white line and so on, I'd say the developers should have concluded that the experiment was not a success. It seems that they are just happy with themselves.