Originally posted by sgunhouse:
The developers have previously made comments about porting dragonfly, I haven't seen much about the rest of your post.
Thanks for the info. Could you please provide links as well, where I can read the comments?
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Since Opera decided to use the chromiun engine I have "freezed" my opera installtion to 12.16. I have been using opera since 2002 and I've seen many changes in the browser, some were good, other not that much, but at the end of the day, I've always sticked with opera because I feel that it had nice features that other browser seemed not to care about.
I'm a web developer and one of my main tools is the amazing Opera Dragonfly. I use it every day and I love it. I've tested similar tools in Firefox, Safari, Chrome and non of these web inspectors seems to match the usability of dragonfly. I like that dragonfly has a nice and big console, where I can type a lot of commands let me inspect values of objects by hovering over them. This is something I always miss in the web inspectors from other browsers. I also like that when you're in the "Documents" mode (where you manipulate the DOM) you can click on any elemnt of the page, any image, hyperlink or object listening to any js-event like click, and dragonfly selects the element in the DOM. In the other inspectors, if you click on a hyperlink, the hyperlink activates and loads the page. In order to select an object like a hyperlink, you have always to press a button, then select it. This slows you down extremly when you are inspecting a lot of elements in the page. Because you always have to return to the web inspector, click on the select icon, click on the object, return to the inspector, etc, etc, etc.
Another feature of opera, which I consider to be kind of unique, is that you can map almost any key to any action. I use the "Opera 9.2 compatible" keyboard setup because then I can use the 1 key to switch to the tab on the left, or the 2 key switch to the tab on the right. This is amazing, because it enables you to browse through your tabs very quickly whitout having to use the mouse. If you're typing a lot and want to look quickly at some information on another tab, I just press 1 or 2 or whatever and return to the "typing" tab and continue writing, without having to take my hands away from the keyboard in search for the mouse (first you take your mouse, then you have to search for the dammed cursor, select the tab, click it..... what a waste of time).
I also like (and I think this is also unique) that you can set setting of any page, just make a right click and select "Block Content" to block annoying ads or select "Edit site preferences" where you have a ton of different settings (for every domain out there), you can even use your own js code and css code. And this is a feature I use a lot with some pages (when I don't agree with the width of some divs or background colors). I haven't seen that in other browsers (unless you install a ton of plugins that may work similar but not that good as in opera).
I like that opera never opens a new window when a pop up appears, instead this pop up appears as a regular tab. All other browsers will open a new window and I hate that.
So, as you see, there are some nice features in Opera that I really like and they are the reason why I use Opera, because it enables me to decide how to do things, instead of having to change my way or browsing.
Now I'm little bit worried. I've been testing the newer windows versions. On my test virtual machine I've currently installed version Opera 19, which has more features than first "next-generation" opera version. But all these nice and great features I've been loving, are gone. None of the things I described above exist anymore, or at least I don't know how to enable them.
So my question (finally ...) is: how does the roadmap for the linux version look like? Is it also going to become yet another chromium clone missing all great features I love and use? Are there any plans to implement them like in the version 12.60 or are they are just going to disappear?