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(The Atlantic)   Why is Belarus the only country where the Opera browser is #1?   (m.theatlantic.com) divider line 4
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2012-11-20 12:03:31 PM
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warthogbrewingco: once upon a time opera was a speedy, no frills browser, that just worked.

This. Until the last couple of versions, Opera's performance utterly shredded every other major browser for the things I actually use the internet for. Recent versions are still pretty good -- compared to IE, Firefox, and Chrome. But not compared to older versions of Opera.


now however, it is suffering from the same bloat all the other browsers do. it's slow, and not compatible with a lot of sites that have been optimized for ie, or chrome or ff. sigh, time to change again.

Most of those sites, meh, I keep a 'major' browser just to run Netflix and YouTube, but that's enough. I'd rather skip the other fancy-ass stuff out there than bother with them. Chrome is incredibly unresponsive and resource-hogging. It's great if you use it for the stuff that it's optimized for, but in my opinion it's a terrible general purpose browser. Firefox used to be pretty good, but good god did they break it. IE is IE.

So I still use Opera for 95% of my internet whatnot. It's no contest. But I wish they'd release a 'lite' version that stops trying to guess what I want, blah blah blah.
2012-11-20 11:59:37 AM
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GAT_00: So basically, they use Opera because it has so few features that it works best with a weak telecommunications network? Big reason to use Opera there.


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2012-11-20 10:19:49 AM
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So basically, they use Opera because it has so few features that it works best with a weak telecommunications network? Big reason to use Opera there.

Oh, and don't call Belarus socialist. It's the last Western Totalitarian Dictatorship.
2012-11-20 09:54:45 AM
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Probably because "Opera" in Belorussian means porn or something.
 
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