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    I used to use Firefox, but I don't like it anymore because:
    • While it does a decent job of following W3C standards, it still fails the Acid2 test.
    • It leaks memory like crazy.
    • It crashes a lot.

    Opera, on the other hand:
    • Passes the Acid2 test.
    • Is using less memory with several tabs open than Firefox does just when freshly launched.
    • Hasn't crashed (yet).

    It does have some annoyances, like having a much different UI by default than Firefox or IE. I've customized it heavily to my liking, including replacing the default skin with a skin that looks very much like native Windows XP (for example, the tabs look like, you know, tabs now, not taskbar buttons).

    I also don't like the error console at all compared to Firefox. And finally, accesskeys are broken or not even set up by default. There's no keyboard accelerator for the password manager dialog ("do you want to remember this password"...it's "r" in Firefox and "y" in IE). But I still will give all that up for following W3C standards and not crashing and using all 1 GB of my RAM (yes, Firefox has used up to 600 MB of memory at one occasion for me).

    It's rendering fast as hell, too. And both Opera and Firefox are worlds better than IE. I used it all day at work today, so I'm trying it out at home, too.
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    I have used it on occasion, but always come back to Firefox. It is normally over something nit-picky that just irritates me that makes me make the switch, but both are light years ahead of IE.
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    Well now that I've fixed my major gripes, I'm going to put forth my best effort. I used to hate Firefox and revert back to IE, but now I can't stand IE.

    Main problems I still have:
    • No find-as-you-type, or at least that I can see can be enabled.
    • Before-mentioned problems of access keys and such.
    • Tab bar starts at absolute left of the window, not the left of the content area (I keep a bookmarks sidebar open, so it looks strange now).

    What is cool:
    • Open a tab in the background, switch to another, and when the first is done loading, its text color changes to let you know.
    • Already discussed ultra-fast rendering
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    The tabs were one thing that I liked about it. My biggest dislike is the lack of extensions (I use a lot).
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    Apparently it does have inline searching: type "/" and your query.
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    Quote Originally Posted by filburt1
    Apparently it does have inline searching: type "/" and your query.
    ... but still no firebug.
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    Opera's is actually cool in that if there's multiple matches, it'll just highlight them all. Keep typing until you get a unique match, and then it'll do a Firefox-style jump to the item in question.

    I do wish you didn't have to type that / first.
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    OK, I downloaded it again, and my wife will probably flip, but she hates anything that isn't IE... man will her head spin when she sees Ubuntu not XP when I get the disks... but I never knew that it had the specialized style sheets.
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    I have to say, the browser's really growing on me after using it exclusively for a day...
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    I like it too. The first few times I tried it, I tried to just jump in and use it, rather than looking around to see what it was capable of.
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