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(Neowin)   Facebook drops support for Google Chrome and recommends Opera. Meanwhile Facebook users scratch their heads over what Opera is   (neowin.net) divider line 51
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2012-05-31 10:34:29 AM  
Editor's Update: Made the correction that Facebook still actually supports Chrome but it recommends that you use a browser that is either IE, Firefox or Opera.
 
2012-05-31 10:40:41 AM  
There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?
 
2012-05-31 10:44:34 AM  
Facebook doesn't recommend RockMelt?
 
2012-05-31 11:29:51 AM  
It's fat people shouting at each other in German while an orchestra plays.
HTH
 
2012-05-31 11:29:54 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?


I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.
 
2012-05-31 11:30:19 AM  
FTFA: "As of today, Facebook's "unsupported web browsers" page has removed Google's web browser, Chrome, and replaced it with Opera."

Well that's a whole lot of misleading right there.
 
2012-05-31 11:31:52 AM  
They didn't drop support. You'll only get the warning if you're using a shiat browser
 
2012-05-31 11:32:09 AM  

FloydA: It's fat people shouting at each other in German while an orchestra plays.
HTH


And it's BORING.

Stupid Facebook. Gettin' all fancy pants.
 
2012-05-31 11:35:38 AM  

Grither: Well that's a whole lot of misleading right there.


Well, they did include an image that let you know that the 'Unsupported' page is a suggestion to "Use these instead" as opposed to "These are the suxor"
 
2012-05-31 11:39:45 AM  

pastorkius: MaudlinMutantMollusk: There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?

I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.


If you're worried about being too mainsteam, you probably shouldn't be going to Facebook in the first place.
 
2012-05-31 11:41:23 AM  
I know Chrome is the hip new browser for the upwardly mobile Internet user....but damn, I don't like it. Mainly, it doesn't play nice with a lot of sites, including ones I have set up for my home server. Most of the issues are known to the powers that be at Google, but they don't care to fix them.
 
2012-05-31 11:42:54 AM  
Or you could just, you know... not use farking Facebook.
 
2012-05-31 11:48:15 AM  
It's the new iPhone app that sings your webpages to you. You can customize it to Pavarotti, Caruso, Te Kanawa, or your choice of famous soloists. Unfortunately, the only music available is Fidelio, The Magic Flute and Carmen, but more should come soon.
 
2012-05-31 11:48:44 AM  

Girl Pants: pastorkius: MaudlinMutantMollusk: There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?

I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.

If you're worried about being too mainsteam, you probably shouldn't be going to Facebook in the first place.


It's more to do with the potential Facebook buyout of the company, not visiting the website.
 
2012-05-31 11:49:50 AM  

Weidbrewer: I know Chrome is the hip new browser for the upwardly mobile Internet user....but damn, I don't like it. Mainly, it doesn't play nice with a lot of sites, including ones I have set up for my home server. Most of the issues are known to the powers that be at Google, but they don't care to fix them.


For some reason I can't stand using Chrome. It's an interface problem, and I've never used it enough to encounter any significant bugs.
 
2012-05-31 11:55:22 AM  
If facebook and google were were actual physical sweaty hairy dudes, my dad would let them run a train on him. Even if they had the clap. I'm interested to see how this works out for him. I imagine he won't be phased by facebook's recommendations to switch his browser though.
 
2012-05-31 11:55:37 AM  

Weidbrewer: I know Chrome is the hip new browser for the upwardly mobile Internet user....but damn, I don't like it. Mainly, it doesn't play nice with a lot of sites, including ones I have set up for my home server. Most of the issues are known to the powers that be at Google, but they don't care to fix them.


I'd be really interested in seeing those sites. I primarily use Chrome as my dev environment viewer, and flip back to FF (w/ Firebug) and IE to test usability and appearance when necessary.
 
2012-05-31 11:58:21 AM  

pastorkius: I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.


I'd recommend either Avant or Maxthon.

//You probably haven't heard of them.
 
2012-05-31 12:01:03 PM  
So, I take it yesterday's rumors that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Opera are true, eh?
 
2012-05-31 12:09:12 PM  
So I'll have to install yet another browser to be properly inundated with game requests, inane statuses, and crappy pictures of someone's ugly kids?

I need to invent anti-social networking.
 
2012-05-31 12:10:31 PM  

Gonz: I'd recommend either Avant or Maxthon.

//You probably haven't heard of them.


I'm sorry, you probably wouldn't understand, but I myself prefer the warm, human feel of sites viewed with Lynx.
 
2012-05-31 12:13:42 PM  
This ain't over.
 
2012-05-31 12:14:47 PM  
Netscape
 
2012-05-31 12:14:52 PM  

pastorkius: MaudlinMutantMollusk: There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?

I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.


Lynx? or maybe NetPositive?
 
2012-05-31 12:16:32 PM  
www.movieactors.com

/Two tickets to "La Bo-heem?"
 
2012-05-31 12:25:33 PM  
Opera?
upload.wikimedia.org

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-31 12:35:11 PM  

PirateKing: So I'll have to install yet another browser to be properly inundated with game requests, inane statuses, and crappy pictures of someone's ugly kids?

I need to invent anti-social networking.


It already exists. Check out the Politics tab.
 
2012-05-31 12:35:37 PM  
I used to use Opera some years ago. It was my first step away from IE, but eventually I found that it ran much slower than Firefox.
 
2012-05-31 12:39:04 PM  
If a website needs to support your browser - your browser sucks ass.
 
2012-05-31 12:39:09 PM  

PirateKing: I need to invent anti-social networking.


Would anyone use it?

It would just be a bunch of people with no friends, no likes, and a whole lot of Linkin Park.
 
2012-05-31 12:51:27 PM  
I used Opera when it first came out, however I don't recall anything about it anymore. Is it worth using? I am just a casual surfer and don't download much or watch movies or streaming videos.
 
2012-05-31 01:22:09 PM  
I have always used and still use Opera, after trying various iterations of Firefox and Chrome. I like it quite a bit, and will probably never change. It is just damned functional and laid out in a way that works for me. YMMV.
 
2012-05-31 01:28:51 PM  
I don't really know what the difference is to be honest. I could care less about which flavor my browser happens to be as long as I can see pictures and read text with it. What are you folks doing on your browsers that makes the differences between them so important?
 
2012-05-31 01:37:06 PM  
Browse dez nuts in your mouth. When the download starts, click Keep.
 
2012-05-31 01:44:21 PM  
Luckily, the Google/Android Fanbois are just "too cool" for Facebook.

otherwise we'd never hear the end of the whining.
 
2012-05-31 02:10:10 PM  

pastorkius: Girl Pants: pastorkius: MaudlinMutantMollusk: There could be some annoyed Opera users in the future

/FaceOpera?

I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.

If you're worried about being too mainsteam, you probably shouldn't be going to Facebook in the first place.

It's more to do with the potential Facebook buyout of the company, not visiting the website.


Yea I am unhappy Opera user, have been since version1.something, Would be a shame if Facebook bought them. If it happens I hope they maintain some independence, but I doubt it.
 
2012-05-31 02:12:20 PM  
Let's be honest here: the bulk of Facebook's users don't know what browser they're using. In fact, a good portion of them probably don't know what a browser is.

/They just click the big blue 'e'
//'e' for 'enternet'
 
2012-05-31 02:30:26 PM  
One of my pet peeves about browser wars is that much of the incompatibility out there is due to javascript's implementation. And you'd never see it if sites would stop needing javascript to do functions that could easily be done in basic HTML.

T-Mobile's website was a recent example of this for me. Sure, make up a form and make sure it all gets filled out. But they have to make sure its done in their order, with buttons pushed unprompted (and sometime the buttons being nowhere near where the information was entered), error message appearing in text that was scrolled off screen and verification text fields (enter data twice) that verify as soon as anything matches. What if the first password was typo'd to be less the final character. The second password would match before it was complteted! It was javascript hell.

I don't know if it's a new implementation or not, but if it is, they must be scaring off a bunch of people who can't register, and spending oodles on phone support.

And just to bring the rant back on topic, the site died a quick death with Firefox (with private browsing on and NoScript allowing everything) without any error indication. It got further in a plain install of Chrome. I finally got IE to do it, but not without the hassles detailed above.

If they'd really wanted to make people fill in the information completely, a few simple HTML forms, one form per page, would have worked fine, instead of a magic javascript form that tries to force you (as opposed to guide you) into filling it out in the order they want. But oh-noes, multiple HTML pages is so Web 1.0!

Really. If sites think they need pop-up eye-candy to seem modern, at least provide a universal HTML alternate. Why shouldn't they be browsable with lynx? It is standards compliant.

/Uses HTML Gmail because what google is doing in javascript these days sux too much. If they ditch that, I'll start using MUTT and POP3 or something. Why do sites have to break working solutions?
 
2012-05-31 04:28:13 PM  
I thought I would be hip and use Opera back in about '07. It impressed me with it's looks, but I soon found even the slightest bit of customization made it slow and prone to freezing up and crashing. Also, it somehow furcked my sound card driver.

It sucked then and I bet it still does.
 
2012-05-31 06:46:53 PM  
StoneColdAtheist: So, I take it yesterday's rumors that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Opera are true, eh?

I hope not. Facebook buying Opera would be like Uwe Boll buying Pixar.


Fark_Guy_Rob: If a website needs to support your browser - your browser sucks ass.

Actually, if you're using a major browser -- and, yes, Opera is a sufficiently major browser -- then it probably means the website sucks ass.

Opera's been going downhill a bit, by and large, with recent versions, but, if you're a 'power user' who actually needs a web browser and not an internet media player, it blows everything except a very thoroughly and carefully customized Firefox way, way out of the water.
 
2012-05-31 07:04:56 PM  

MrFi5ter: I thought I would be hip and use Opera back in about '07. It impressed me with it's looks, but I soon found even the slightest bit of customization made it slow and prone to freezing up and crashing. Also, it somehow furcked my sound card driver.

It sucked then and I bet it still does.


Yeah, I tried it in 2001, then again a couple years back - reaaaaly don't see the appeal.
 
2012-05-31 08:23:03 PM  
I like Opera and run it in parallel with Firefox, but there are just some sites it doesn't play nice with. It hangs in You Tube where FF is fine, and survey monkey seems to hate it. I like the browser, it's just not a complete package.
 
2012-05-31 08:37:09 PM  
I've used Opera since....'99 or so. Am still using it. I like it a lot, obviously. It does not play nice with all sites but lately (within the last 2 years) it has started to work well with my bank website, Facebook, etc. Back in the bad old days it was SIGNIFICANTLY FASTER than everything else, now it is only slightly faster. It's got this all-in-one-browser-suite thing they've been pushing for the last four, five years I don't like. Maybe if they stuck to making the perfect browser and let Firefox be the slow, add-on impaired monster they seem destined to be. Oh I should also mention I'm a Linux user and sometimes the results really vary between OSes (I remember the Mac version kinda sucked and I just used Safari...).
(Someone tell me, though, why in 2012 I have to view pdfs with a seperate app?? Every other *nix brower will put it in the page, but oooooh not Opera!!)
/it's still better than everything out there for Linux
//when there's a new Opera release, I think all us old timers grip our chairs. It could be waaay better, but some of their releases make previous apps and/or pages that worked just fine utter crap
///enjoying your multiple tabs? Opera was the first.
 
2012-05-31 08:41:11 PM  
I really don't get all the supposed geeks hating on facebook. "Oh noes, they be trackin me!" I've been running multiple browsers for years. Simple solution, install some browser you don't particularly care for & use it as your "facebook only" browser. The only place they'll track you to is, um, facebook.com...

I use firefox for general browsing, sandboxed firefox for when I'm going someplace that might be untrusted, chrome for gmail & gvoice, epiphany for facebook. Tried facebook in Opera, but it crashed whenever I tried to update my status. Guess it thought I had nothing important to say...
 
2012-05-31 11:40:09 PM  

theorellior: Gonz: I'd recommend either Avant or Maxthon.

//You probably haven't heard of them.

I'm sorry, you probably wouldn't understand, but I myself prefer the warm, human feel of sites viewed with Lynx.


Lynx is too mainstream. I prefer xxxterm or dillo. They're really underground. You've probably never heard of them.
 
2012-06-01 12:19:53 AM  
Opera isn't too terrible. Been using their hotel software for years at my job but their system support is a nightmare.
 
2012-06-01 05:12:44 AM  

Gonz: pastorkius: I can't say I'm exactly happy about it. I might have to find some other obscure browser to use.

I'd recommend either Avant or Maxthon.

//You probably haven't heard of them.


I installed Avant on a friend's computer - because his box still rocks 512MB of RAM. "Man, why is Chrome soooo slow?"

"John, if you just order that $30 2GB RAM kit I linked you, I'll come over and install it for free."

"But there's nothing wrong with my computer! Why should I have to buy new parts every few months?"

"Dude, your computer is from Bush's first term."

"But it was $1500!"

"Stop calling me about your tech problems."
 
2012-06-01 07:35:39 AM  

StoneColdAtheist: So, I take it yesterday's rumors that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Opera are true, eh?


It would make sense. While their desktop browser is no longer revolutionary, they make a damn good mobile browser.
 
2012-06-01 06:01:37 PM  

Benalto: ///enjoying your multiple tabs? Opera was the first.


Maybe, maybe not.
 
2012-06-02 07:34:16 AM  

Lsherm: StoneColdAtheist: So, I take it yesterday's rumors that Facebook is in discussions to purchase Opera are true, eh?

It would make sense. While their desktop browser is no longer revolutionary, they make a damn good mobile browser.


This. Very quick and responsive with mobile processors/OS's.
 
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