Monday, September 01, 2008

Opera 9.5 Smokes Firefox 3

The latest Firefox 3 upgrade was just pitiful and the memory footprint was fatter, it seemed to be leaking memory, page loads just crawled at a snails pace, it was an overall hog.

The options were limited:

- Go back to MSIE 7, which isn't much better, or

- Give Opera one last try as I've always found something that stopped me from using Opera in the past.

Well, the first thing I noticed is Opera 9.5 is faster than shit and loads some pages 3x-5x faster than Firefox, especially my own blog which makes Firefox choke. The second thing I noticed was the footprint of Opera 9.5 is about half that of Firefox when it loads and operates.

Seriously, Opera loaded pages so much faster than Firefox it felt like I was using a new computer!

So now I'm going to give Opera a try and see if there's any gotcha's that will stop me from using it but so far it's looking really good and I may just be the next Opera convert!

BTW, this blog post is my first in Opera!

2 comments:

dennisthevizsla said...

I've also found Opera 9.5 to be much faster on my Linux box than Firefox 3, and have been using it more or less exclusively for browsing and e-mail for about two weeks. I say "more or less" exclusively because there are still a few sites that don't quite work properly in Opera, so I have to use Firefox for them, and then I'm like "Wow, this is slow ..."

corey said...

i am with you, opera is my #3. i like opera but it forces me code for firefox, fix for ie, fix margins for opera when designing.

will you give google chrome a go?