I just downloaded Opera 8.0 for Linux, I just launched it, and I just had to confirm three windows with some strange questions about license, my GUI and type of ads I’d like to see before I was able to use the browser.
Blake’s grandma won’t be happy…
I made a short review of preferences. They use very similar pref panel to to what we’re doing for Firefox 1.1, I don’t like it in Firefox, I don’t like it here. They also took the same option in Tools menu as we have for 1.1 for cleaning personal data, but they named it better – “Delete private data”. Firefox’s “Sanitize” is a L10N nightmare.
Third thing that is new (Update: It’s not new in Opera, it’s only me seeing it for the first time) in Opera and will be in Firefox 1.1 is Reporter Tool, for reporting problems with broken sites. The difference is that their tool is very small – one line comment, “major/minor/unusable” type. Our tool is much more complex. (Update: FWIK this tool will be simplified or turned off in final build)
I can guess that their tool is more about problems with websites, while ours is more about bugs in Gecko.
They also added (comparing to 7.x) some popup box under address bar. I don’t like it, I won’t use it, but I believe that it might be usable for others.
What I’m happy about in new Opera is their SVG support (which will be also in Firefox 1.1 ;)), what I’m not happy is that they still didn’t find courage to identify as Opera…
Overall it seems for me that most of UI changes are very similar in both Opera 8 and Firefox 1.1, it proves that cooperation between our organizations is good.
Opera 8 seems to be the same old, good browser with very fast engine, with very complex UI which does not fit to any OS style. Opera users will be happy.