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Not like you could hold your breath for the updates in the later versions either ...
If anyone out there is still waiting for the Opera security update in XP/Vista, I hope it's clear by now that you shouldn't hold your breath.
You can get a free Windows 10 upgrade.
would it be so hard for those of you to drop XP/Vista an move on to Windows 7 atleast you'd get the most up to date version of Opera and then you wouldn't have to moan and groan...
Sure. You got a free Windows 7 upgrade for me?
And you have the right to do it as well as anyone has the right to drive a 1960's car.
You mean a 2000's car.
I didn't say that but i guess i could say that 99% are related to minor issues. Major ones are usually disclosed in the media.
Some major ones are disclosed in the media (and of those, months or even years after the flaws were created or exploited).
Instead of just update the OS and solve the problem for every software in it.
As my current OS was payed for, and the future one will be payed for too, I will continue to milk this one out while I search for a good computer that meets my needs with the next OS.
What doesn't mean that you need to use it for the rest of your life or even for the period of its expiration time.
So if someone pays for something and then others decide he shouldn't use it anymore, he's supposed to just drop it and go for the next thing (until he's told to drop that one, etc.)?
Yes, they are. Unless you can show that they left a severe security issue unfixed for a long time and this put users in risk.
Even 30 if no severe security issue has been found during that time.
Saying that a software will get security updates means that it will receive those updates when needed not that it will receive constant updates.
You just contradicted yourself. If you agree that they never promised about the frequency of releases then you can't say that they broke the promise.
It may be 1 or 10 or 100. It will depends on if there are severe security issues not patched putting users in real risk.
What you say above would suggest that the regular security updates from Windows and browsers on Win7/8/10 are all only for minor issues. I would disagree with that.
Anyway, it's not because MS still supports an OS that all software makers need to support it.
True. But again, users are allowed to ask that they should and question when they don't.
For someone running an insecure OS
Which was payed for.
Mainstream support for Vista ended back in 2012 and you've got less than a year left on on extended support.
And I'd like to take advantage of those 9 remaining months.
As of April 2017 when MS support/updates end (or if I get a new OS before that), I shall.
I was being ironic.
I know, my response was with that in mind.
It's exactly because Opera care for its users that they are working to deliver at least security updates to Opera for Windows XP and Vista.
Except that they aren't (unless every three years is good enough, and for me and most others it isn't).
=Again, because it seems that you are having some difficulty inn understand it: They never said anything about how often those security updates would be released. So keep saying that they broke their "promise" is not right. So please stop doping it.
Technically you're right about the "promise", but the fact is that they aren't releasing security updates for Vista, and I kind of doubt that they will in the next few months, seeing the way they're taking this.
The Slimjet developers have obviously decided to do their own tweaks on the Chromium engine to keep it working on Vista and XP...but how long they will keep the will to do that, or indeed will be able to, is a complete unknown.
So go use it and see for how long they will be releasing updates for XP/Vista.
At least currently they are.
And all Vista users need is for the OS to be supported by browsers till April 2017 when MS supports ends. (And that is the whole point really: as long as MS supports Vista, it's reasonable to want browsers that support it as well, and not be forced to call a early quits on a still supported OS that users payed for.)
Opera (and Vivaldi) perhaps sensibly, decided that it was better to just drop XP and Vista support in their current and future versions.
Even though Vista is still supported till April.
I still have no reason to disbelieve Opera's assertion that they will keep Opera 36 stable and safe for XP and Vista users.
After how many months of no updates (in today's world where we don't need news every month of vulnerabilities to know they exist) will your trust in them wane?
Unless anyone has definite knowledge of a major security flaw that has not been patched in Opera 36 that should have been, I see no reason for anyone to assume that this is the case just because there hasn't been an update to 36 for a while.
Not a smart calculation to make in today's age and the current state of the IoT where problems are being discovered all the time. Just check the tech blogs.
Probably their developers could also have tweaked Chromium to allow it to be used in XP/Vista for more time but considered it too much risky and opted for another solution.
Please don't respond with "These are free browsers and they could do what they want..."
We all know that. But just as they have the freedom to do what they want with their browsers, users have the freedom to expect (and voice the expectations) that browsers not force them to part with a OS that's still being supported and updated by its manufacturer.
Right, they should just have announced that support for Vista and XP had ended and focus on more recent versions of Windows instead of trying to keep releasing updates to those users in old and unsupported Windows versions.
Openly dropping XP/Vista users would have been better than pretending that they did not.
If they make a promise of having the XP and Vista user's back (in terms of security), they have to keep it. Sadly they didn't.
Talking about Slimjet, i've unstalled it and noticed that it uses Chromium 50 while latest stable version is 51
I've noticed that too, but it's the best there is for Vista users (aside from Firefox which is slower). Definitely better than Opera.
and also it looks like Chrome with a skin and a few add-ons.
That's great, I like that.
Well, they already said that Opera Presto (Opera 12.1x) would get security updates and the first one took around 3 years.
And that tells you all you need to know about how much they "care" about their loyal users.
They didn't deem it appropriate to issue a security update for a web browser in three years?? Seriously??
Well, i don't know Slimjet so i don't know how it is build or even how reliable it is.
but they have promised that Opera 36 will remain safe, and I have no reason to think that they have reneged on that.
Why's that? They haven't updated 36 for Vista in two months already.
Or in a few years?
Maybe. It may depends on the severity of security issues.
Or what they deem important enough to create a patch for (which could be nothing).
I guess it's not that easy to backport Chromium's security patches
I guess it's easier for Slimjet to do so.
They probably will not be releasing every month.
Not probably, for sure. Question is if there'll be anything this year.
Anyway, from the discussions above and the debate over how many times a year Opera will deem it appropriate to send (only major) security patches it's clear that when Opera says: "We do care for our loyal users..." we're not to take that literally.
Well, as i said before i wouldn't expect frequent updates. Maybe a couple of them in a year or in a semester.
Or in a few years?
And has there been a reason to update it since then - a known exploit or crash?
So that's the standard, Opera's only going to come in with a patch after news breaks of a new known exploit or crash?
Why do you say that?
Since 5/11 it didn't get any security updates, nor has the build changed from version 36.0.2130.75 to a higher number (within version 36).
Apparently Opera hasn't kept their word:
"We do care for our loyal users...While Opera 36 will be last one with features additions on Windows XP and Vista, we are still going to provide security and crash fixes to XP and Vista platform."
(Read the full article here)
Slimjet is a great Chromium based browser that still supports XP and Vista, I assume many will migrate to that from Opera. Thank you davehawley for informing us of it.
It really makes a difference if it's installed for all users or only one? What does that have to do with gmail crashing all the time?
When I originally installed Opera two months ago, it wasn't a standalone installation?
I'm using the latest Opera available for Vista.
I don't have any extensions.
I just tried in a private window, it crashes the same way.
Opera 36.0.2130.75 on Windows Vista.
Admittedly my system isn't great and it can get quite slow sometimes, but Opera crashes almost always in gmail and not other sites (which only happens sometimes).
The crash looks like this.
Opera constantly crashes in gmail (and sometimes other sites too).