I've been using Chrome practically since the first versions. I remember earlier that Firefox was my browser. But Google appeared with a speedy browser, and I changed, at that time Firefox weighed a severe problem of browsing speed and resource consumption. Although Opera has always made sporadic appearances, now I've forgotten it since Chrome started releasing stable versions.
For a web browser I do not look for a Swiss army knife, only the following:
A browser that meets the standards.
Fast painting the web
Light regarding resources
Multiplatform: PC, OS X, and iOS.
Synchronization between platforms.
That I can install an advertising blocker.
After reading this article, I saw that Opera covered my needs, so I arranged for him to have another occasional appearance in my life.
The thing did not start very well, the first thing I went to look at was the client for iOS. Wrong, it has not been updated for more than a year, I do not say to upgrade every week, but one year it makes me think that it is in a state of advanced abandonment. Touched and sunk in the first shot, but I kept investigating a bit.
I remembered the news from a few months ago that Opera Software had been sold to a Chinese company. So I accessed his website in search of information, and I was surprised by what I found, nothing. I had to go to a financial report of the close of the first quarter of 2017 indicating that the operation with the Chinese investment group ("the Buyer") of 575 million dollars had been completed and closed.
So the same report and Wikipedia gave me the name: Golden Brick Capital Management Limited. Accessing their website I see that they have investments in 4 companies, 3 of them Chinese and Opera that is Norwegian. I look at the companies: ISP, cable operator (TV and radio), a kind of YouTube that I find it hard to find information.
We know the level of censorship, control, and analysis of the information that the Chinese government imposes on their companies, so I do not get too good a thorn that a Chinese investment group that invests in critical channels of information distribution also has to its credit a Web navigator.
Call it paranoia, conspiracy, an influence of Hollywood or whatever you want, but if even Opera itself is funny to present them on their website, it makes me less thankful to use a program paid for by the Chinese.
Nothing is free if Google traffics with my data thanks to Chrome at least I know. Opera does not know where the Chinese have told him he should generate profits.