Opera 8 Is the Best Browser Ever
Grab the latest incarnation of Opera, make the CEO swim the Atlantic and cheer as they beat Safari in the Acid2 test.
With the untold number of blogs and forums that talk about web development, arguments about browsers are inevitable. People—even the ones that stand by IE, god bless them—take their Intarweb browsing very seriously. It reminds me of the scene in Billy Madison where Adam Sandler is arguing with a fourth-grader about video games.
Kid: “Mortal Kombat for Sega Genesis is the best game ever.”
Sandler: “I disagree. While Mortal Kombat is a good game, Donkey Kong is the best game ever.”
Kid: “Donkey Kong sucks!”
Sandler: “You know what, YOU SUCK!”
Arguing about browsers is like arguing about religion; most have made their choice and are not going to “switch,” no matter how beligerent the Firefox crowd gets. The Mozilla group does, admittedly, have a large (and growing) marketshare compared to Opera. But you know what?
Opera 8 is the best browser ever.
A commentor on Slashdot kind of nailed down the difference between the two. Opera provides the user with everything, which they can then add, subtract, customize and scale any way imaginable. Firefox provides the user with a bare bones browser, which must then be upgraded through extensions to achieve the same functionality that comes stock with Opera.
Its ridiculously fast. Its secure. Its standards support is as good or better than Mozilla or Safari. Its updated constantly. It is so customizable that I have never seen any two installations look the same, including my two computers. And my money is on Opera as being the first to pass Acid2, despite people nodding toward Safari as being the first across the line.