@leocg Opera really should reconsider this. At least let people enable it in opera://flags/ if security is the issue. This is really annoying because there are multiple problems with locking the default engines.
- I can't even edit/remove the keyword. For example I can't use "y something" to make a youtube search because y is locked to yahoo.
- I can't disable default search engines. So if I search for example "y u no meme", again, it will take me to yahoo.
- I can't set the URL. Even though I use duckduckgo as default, it's still a problem because I can't set URL parameters like ?kae=d to use dark theme in incognito mode (making the feature useless).
- And, like others said, they can't use startpage or other engines. What if I want to use Google, but the japanese version or whatever? Where's my freedom? I though I had the right to make my own choices...?
All of this would be solved if they would just let users freely choose their defaults, like every other browser does. Sure, if Opera has a deal with those companies to list them as default, that's fine, but don't make it IMPOSSIBLE to change it.
It doesn't matter if it's cumbersome and non-intuitive, and if I have to use admin/root, edit some obscure file, change the registry, konami cheat code or whatever, at least let people have SOME WAY to do it.
Enabling a flag would be a good solution, since the page already warns you that changes might compromise your security anyways.