Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

Summary: The latest stable version of Opera 11 debuted with a Turbo that's four times faster, an expanded Speed Dial and some plug-in tweaks.

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Opera 11 is four times faster, says the company.

The latest stable version of Opera 11 debuted on Monday for Windows Mac, and Linux with a faster Turbo, an expanded Speed Dial and some plug-in tweaks.

Opera 11.10 for Windows, Mac and Linux also makes a handful of other changes to the browser, notably adding in more HTML 5 support, mail client improvements, an updated rendering engine and better battery management on laptops.

The changes to Opera Turbo and Speed Dial are the most apparent changes in Opera 11.10. The Norwegian company says that Turbo is four times faster than before, and Opera spokesman Thomas Ford said that those speed improvements are likely to filter down to Opera's mobile versions since the improvements were made to Turbo's servers. The gains were achieved in part by adopting support for Google's WebP image format, which resulted in higher image quality in Turbo mode. This still allowed sites to render 35-percent smaller and 15-percent faster than in Opera 11, according to Opera's internal benchmarks.

For more on this story, read Faster Turbo in updated Opera on CNET News.

Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

    I'm gonna try it, but I don't really see a place for it with IE, FF, and Chrome around.<br><br>One thing to note is that it looks like IE9 borrowed heavily from Chrome's UI while FF4 borrowed from Opera's UI. Interesting, isn't it?
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @statuskwo5
      I'd switch to Chrome if it had the option to completely delete everything when the browser closes... not sure if this browser can do that.
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @Hasam1991 : Look in the tools section at the upper right of your browser page in Chrome
        bfmorelli
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @statuskwo5
      Try it for a few days and you'll never go back ;)

      Seriously, I couldn't live without the mouse gestures and the overall speed and responsiveness is just awesome.

      I have some issues with Flash eating RAM on Linux though, but there are not that important; a browser restart does it :)
      ALISON SMOCK
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @ALISON SMOCK : Very intuitive and easy to use. The Window Pane system is excellent.
        bfmorelli
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @ALISON SMOCK Opera's awesome, but its memory use has descended into the realm of comically tragic. Starting at about version 9, it simply never releases any memory it grabs, ever. Its memory use on Linux is also terrible compared to its Windows use. Having switched to Linux, I'm forced to try to Opera-fy Firefox and use that, at least until Opera a) admits there's a problem, b) fixes it. Having a browser with one tab open and 800MB memory used is insane and unacceptable. There's also the bookmark syncing issues, death of url suffix autocompletion, preventing you from bookmarking a page more than once (to try to deal with the syncing issues), and several other annoyances and things they've changed without announcement or without ever communicating with their users. It's a shame, as I've used Opera since you had to pay for it.
        jgm2
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @statuskwo5 : I no longer use IE at all, have no use for Firefox or Safari, but use Chrome for Business and Opera for personal. Two separate browsers ready to run upon openning.

      Both are excellent.
      bfmorelli
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @bfmorelli@...
        Excellent idea!
        Was an Opera fan back in the 'old' days, but strayed to Safari when I moved over to Mac for home computing.
        Will now definitely give Opera another go!
        rahbm
  • Opera is hands down one of the best browsers around

    It works great on both OS X and windows and probably works better than any browsers on that crappy Linux OS
    iPad-awan
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @iPad-awan I don't find Linux crappy at all. Different, yes, sure, but not crappy. And actually most of popular browsers work there very well (Firefox, Chrome/Chromium and Opera). No IE and Safari is definitely bearable... Oh, and on most Linux' desktops you can actually resize windows not only in lower right corner...
      mekmar
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @mekmar Opera does not work well on Linux; it uses about double the memory per tab that it uses on Windows.
        jgm2
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @iPad-awan Are you Loverock under a different name?
      saneu
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @saneu@...
        No he isn't. LD would not admit that OS X is any good, he hates it almost as much as Linux! Even though it is based on BSD...
        These days LD hates anything that is not Windows; yawn.
        rahbm
  • just tell me i can block ads

    is there an ad block?
    afficionado
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @afficionado

      Opera has a system file called "urlfilter.ini", which works a lot like Firefox AdBlock - you can subscribe to lists, or you can edit it yourself.

      Works pretty good.

      Personally, i prefer Opera (and have, since the entire program could be run from one 3.5" floppy and actually cost money) to FF, IE, Safari or Chrome.
      fairportfan
      • 3.5 floppy??

        @fairportfan
        What's a 3.5 floppy??
        BigJohnLg
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @fairportfan You don't need to edit the urlfilter for most ad blocking. Right click on the page, select "Block Content", then just click on anything on the page you want blocked. "Firefox has extensions; Opera has features." :-)
        jgm2
  • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

    A 3.5" floppy is what some ladies have after they have children.
    ajrozsa2
    • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

      @ajrozsa2 Or men after sexual intercourse
      Patrick Aupperle
      • RE: Turbo-charged Opera 11 debuts

        @Patrick Aupperle
        Very gross! (...and too true to be amusing!)
        rahbm