Mozilla 0.6 released
Wednesday December 6th, 2000
#39 Re: Re: Re: Opera is Released - And its free...
Friday December 8th, 2000 3:17 AM
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Opera is OK, but has some flaws compared to Mozilla:
* Has no source code freely available for it, so suffers from being on far less platforms than Mozilla (e.g. no plans to put it on a commercial UNIX for example [Solaris, etc]).
* Still uses, even with 5.0, the quite frankly obsolete "desktop" concept for tiling your windows. If that was optional (i.e. you could have a desktop or not [latter opens new windows]), it would improve the UI immensely.
* Opera is free if you want bandwidth used on banner ads (maybe Junkbuster can block them, but not everyone runs that) - and many of those banner ads are distractingly animated. Don't like banner ads? Well, it's $39 to switch them off (vs. nothing for Mozilla, which doesn't have banner ads in the first place).
* Isn't as standards compliant as Mozilla/Netscape 6.0.
* Is *extremely* strict on tag parsing (doesn't have the sort of "nav-quirks" mode that Mozilla uses if there isn't a DOCTYPE), so you may find some sites misbehaving badly that "work" on NS 4.X, 6.X, Mozilla and IE 5. Yes, it may be faulty HTML on the Webmaster's part, but they ain't going to change it for Opera 5 and it actually detracts from Opera 5's usability, IMHO.
Having said all that, Opera is still a pretty good browser and it's probably recommendable over Mozilla for lower-end machines (<64 MB RAM or <Pentium II).