Opera 4 beta 4 for Linux
Opera is a lesser-known web-browser, available for various platforms
(beta4 for LinuxPPC was unavailable at the time of this writing).
I took the statically linked RPM for simplicity, but it's 2.27 megs. The
dynamically linked version is of course, smaller -- around 1.2 megs. The
difference? Dynamic linking requires you to already have the Qt 2.2
It's simple enough to install the RPM -- there's nothing to do but ``rpm
-i opera*''. Run it from the command line with `opera'. The license
agreement, which pops up right after the rpm installation, gives a 30 day
evaluation period, after which the software must be bought and registered.
Running Opera results in a standard browser window, with three panes:
bookmarks (useful ones) on the left, and a browse window on the right.
Tooltips don't seem to be in evidence, making the default behavior of
buttons without text difficult. A lot of desk space is taken up by various
toolbars and status bars, which can be turned off if required.
The Preferences option is, for some reason, under File instead of Edit.
There is some indication of customizable buttons -- buttons.ini was found
lurking in an appropriate directory. The Preferences pop up a new window
with a twisted maze of sections, all different.
same can also be said about the Linux version. Pages were rendered
correctly and though I didn't put it through the entire battery of tests,
my favorite pages did come up as they should. There are stability issues
here, but that can be expected as this is still very early beta. Stability
has improved over previous versions and I'm sure that pretty soon you
will definitely be giving this browser more than a second look.
page. Useful, that.
not recommend zooming beyond 300% for performance reasons.
frames, which can be turned off. This'll help developers view their site
in a non-frames capable browser. Also good for those who hate frames.
others. Makes it quite simple to use. It doesn't stay put, though.