I understand that Opera is free... although there was a time you were required to buy a license and I did. But these speed-dial changes that Opera keeps surprising end users with are not only annoying, but provide an obstacle to those people who do real work with their browser.
I have been using opera for over twenty years and honestly, I don't think Opera really gives a damn about their end users. Imagine if Microsoft or Google treated their user base with such disregard. Come to think of it isn't that what happened with Windows 8, but at least in that case you had the ability to stay with windows 7.