Chromium-based Opera browser now available on Windows, Mac

By Jos · 19 replies
May 28, 2013
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  1. It’s been over three months since Opera announced it was dropping its own Presto web rendering engine in favor of Webkit, the same used by Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome. Although an Android version has been around since March, today...

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  2. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    This actually looks pretty sweet. Fast and simple. Maybe I'll try this out as my backup browser instead of Waterfox.

    P. S. - for everyone who likes Firefox, but never heard of Waterfox --> try it out!
  3. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Do we need yet another browser, really? Especially if it is Chromium-based?
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    How can you have too many? Would you rather everyone use the one browser to give everyone a virus aka Internet explorer?

    Opera is also anything but new, its been around since the days of Netscape navigator and whatnot. This is just a revamped version.
  5. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TS Booster Posts: 128   +19

    R.I.P Opera. :(
  6. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    In a word: Yes :)
  7. R.I.P. Opera, indeed. It's been a long time, but everything comes to an end. The folder-like tabs is what killed it for me, really. Well, I should give the new bastard a try, even for the old times sake.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Wont this replace the original Opera?
  9. Demigod001

    Demigod001 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    They cut out what made opera opera. . I like a book marks bar I found the start page grouping ok but not for the number of bookmarks I have. The page zoom is not as nice and opera 12.15. Lost tab preview and sizing. Its missing the side bar which I use for bookmarks, history and notes quite often.

    This is just a re skin of chrome. I'm quite disappointed with it tbh if I want chrome I would use it
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Have been using opera for a couple of years now. Sad that its become a reskin of google chrome. Looks like ill be heading back to
  11. Hard to believe but Opera 1994-2013 R.I.P. Never forget.
  12. Auth3ntic0

    Auth3ntic0 TS Member

    I m testing it right now. It s actually quite decent and smooth.
  13. There nothing left from opera, it`s another chrome, all features are gone, starting with tabs and speed dialing and ending with useless settings, not mentioning customizable buttons and page editing. I hope its beta disadvantage or else- fare well my friend, fare well. R.I.P. OPERA
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  14. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Murphy’s Laws:
    • Any running program is obsolete.
    • Any useful program will have to be changed.

    So, just when they finally got Opera almost perfect and we’ve come to depend on it as our exclusive browser, they’re scrapping it for another browser we chose not to use. I don’t suppose it ever occurred to them that if we wanted Chrome, we wouldn’t be using Opera.

    I stopped reading the “improvements” early on, since it only took a few to render what we knew as Opera useless.

    Well, goodbye and good luck to them, and if Google doesn’t take over their company, its browser will soon eat up theirs. But who will care? Not the Opera users, they’d be all gone.

    R.I.P. Opera!
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  15. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Seems to be a trend programs losing features.
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Seriously?? Is it a Webkit limitation that you can't have temporary download location? It's 2013!! I don't want to download every single file to a known directory!!

    I agree with above posters - RIP Opera, it's a Chrome reskin.

    I seriously hate humanity for this. Chrome and other things aren't so great, but everyone is using them and adding popularity...
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    I hate all of humanity too Stickman, but for all the right reasons....;)
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  18. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    The answer is not to update!
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    One of the features of Opera that I have found very useful a few times is the ability to change where temporary files are stored/downloaded to. I like to put this on a different physical hard drive from the program and my OS, I've also used this on a work computer where the login was networked rather than local. A few months ago I got Chrome on Win 8 and needed to change the temp internet files location to a different drive and couldn't do it. As far as I can tell this is impossible to do in Chrome, and thus, probably all webkit based browsers.

    I'll likely get the new version of Opera, but not until it is out of beta.
  20. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Yeah, I can't stand not having that feature. I save 'junk' to the temp location, most of my other stuff to the Downloads library (which I organise every so often), and other specific stuff gets saved directly to the specific location. This way I have no rubbish I need to clear out, it's just a simple Opera>Clean command.

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