Note, however, that both comparisons show that they guys involved will keep using Firefox (what? wasn’t I supposed to read the comparisons?), purely because of the library of available extensions versus Opera’s extension lib.
There’s one interesting issue of note, though: while the PC version of Opera is free, you still have to pay for the download if you want to use it on the Wii (to the tune of 500 points). I call it discrimination!!
Those articles were both written in 2005, so I’m sure both browsers have advanced very much since then. For example, I know that Firefox can pause and resume downloads (unless this is something different from resuming an interrupted download?), use a customised style sheet (user style sheet), and it can also toggle images on and off.
Although I must say I like the fact that when you click the Back button in Opera (why do I keep pronouncing it “Oprah” in my head?!), it loads a page from your cache, rather than reloading the page.
So I’m afraid I’m not convinced on this debate. I have, however, found this article (Dec 2007), which goes a bit more in depth on the Firefox vs Opera debate.
Mmmmm… hold on now, Joe. The question was: “What does Opera give me, that Firefox doesn’t?”
Unfortunately, I don’t see anything in any of the articles that isn’t default in FF or you can get as an extension. And as Fayyaad’s mentioned, both articles recommend FF in the end.
But to really drive the point home, I’ve added a response to each of the points mentioned in the one article. ‘Nuff said!
1. Opera’s smaller and faster. It loads and renders pages quick. When you hit the back button, you go back to the page in your cache. It doesn’t reload the page from the site. Response: In an age of “limitless bandwidth”, where the “tubes” aren’t clogged, this is a non-argument. (See this interesting article).
2. It’s tabbed windows are really windows. You can tile them, cascade them, move them around. You know, like real windows. Response: For my needs, I’d rather have them NOT on my taskbar and NOT as windows. When you start having 15+ tabs open, Windows Vista doesn’t give you enough power to manage those by windowing. If you got a problem with tabs, install TabMixPlus for FF. ‘Nuff said!
3. It can resume interrupted downloads. Response: DownThemAll does this and if you’re really serious, why not get a REAL download tool like wget or something else?
4. Built-in IRC client. Response: Never really used IRC so can’t really comment.
5. Built-in email client. Response: Man, in an age of Yahoo Mail and GMail, this isn’t really an advantage. You do get good clients like Thunderbird, but most of your emailing can be done online these days (unless you work offline).
6. Built-in news reader. Response: Don’t really do news reading, so can’t comment. But I wouldn’t do it inside a browser anyway since there are good (free) readers out there.
7. Mouse gestures. Response: Get yourself Mouse Gestures add-on for FF or All-in-one Gestures. ‘Nuff said!
8. Toggle images on, off, or from local cache. (Great for slow connections) Response: Get yourself ImgLikeOpera. Haven’t tried it myself but finding it was really easy.
9. Customizable style sheets to change the display with all the useful ones built-in. Can’t read that site with the ping background and yellow letters? Make it black and white like God intended. Response: FF also has similar features. And if you really wanna get fancy, get yourself GreaseMonkey. ‘Nuff said!
10. On the fly user agent switching. This means you can probably use Opera on that bank site that says “Internet Explorer 5.0 or above necessary to use this site.” Response: Get yourself User Agent Switcher add-on for FF. ‘Nuff said!
11. Mouse gestures, love ’em or hate ’em. Response: Ummmmm, repeat of 7??
12. Built-in note taker. Response: Get yourself ScrapBook or NoteFish or tons of other add-ons. Just search for “Notes” on the FF add-on search site. ‘Nuff said!
Ok ok, so you may be picky … but I must admit, I have gone off FF, yes it’s no lie – soley because the add-ons suck up much more CPU than you expect – slowing the PC doen terribily. Since Opera has what I need without additions being added, I think it’s better value for nothing 😛
Agreed…Opera DOES use less memory out of the box than FF–but then again, unless you have about 8 or 10 apps open at once, on a relatively recent machine, this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. Still…FF can extend the functionality FAR beyond what Opera allows. My favorite extension in FF is the Bork! Bork! Bork! extension!! Suck it, Opera!
LOL – how quick you forget your roots eh? Once you were all IE people, true and vast – but you were changed, and so will you be changed again (i bet one or all of you have opened opera and felt wrong but strangley right using it … hmmm it’s naughty but I must!