You’ve Been a Naughty Fox

Today I left Firefox behind for the loving embrace of Opera.

Not that I enjoy using a QT application in my wonderful GNOME environment (but hey, the same could be said about an XUL application!), but Firefox just had to go.

Using few Firefox extensions to begin with, namely FasterFox, Sage, Adblock Plus, and NoScript, I just got sick of Firefox using 230 MB of RAM. If I were on a 1 GB machine with a better processor, that’d be another thing, but I’m on an early Pentium 4 with only 512 MB of RAM.

Opera is lighter in its usage of both.

Furthermore, my scrolling in Opera while using Compiz is actually indistinguishable from that of Metacity.

I’ve also noticed that in addition to much faster and more accurate rendering, even simple AJAX operations are far, far smoother in Opera.

Naturally, using Opera still puts me in an awkward place. It clearly offers many advantages over the Gecko-based browsers… but it comes at the cost of freedom.

In the end, I’ve decided I can live with that choice. Maybe not all of you can, and that’s your prerogative, but if using some proprietary software doesn’t kill you, you should definitely give Opera 9.10 a looking over.

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1 Response to “You’ve Been a Naughty Fox”


  1. 1 JC March 11, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Interesting. I agree with what you said about Opera. It is clearly the best browser.
    I have been trying several time in the past few days to switch to Opera, but I couldn’t.

    What made me stick to Firefox was the lack of integration with external applications :
    – I had a long fight to get Scim working. Finally I succeeded but I don’t known really how.
    – And my biggest issue now : codecs and playing video.

    None of the alternatives satisfy me :
    – the mplayer plugin works but has no control as in Firefox, and the image is curiously cut
    – I could use gxine, but the video quality is not as good and it opens another window, what I don’t want
    – sometimes when I leave a page with a video, I get a message from gnome saying that the Opera application closed unexpectedly, even thought there is no crash.

    So, Opera itself is the best, but there is still a lot of work to do for its integration.

    Now, I just want to have a browser which works on all pages without caring too much. So, I keep Firefox by default.


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