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Opera Browser with Free VPN
« on: September 20, 2016, 09:11:06 am »
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2016, 11:30:01 am »
I've never been able on with Opera, though I haven't tried any of the more recent Blink versions.

I doubt if I'll ever feel at home in anything but Firefox after this many years.
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 12:28:59 pm »
I've never been able on with Opera, though I haven't tried any of the more recent Blink versions.

I doubt if I'll ever feel at home in anything but Firefox after this many years.

I used it years ago when it first came out.   I even got myself an Opera ID so I could share photo's with my family etc.   Then I moved to Google Chrome (and the million variants out there) and various other "browsers" in search for the "perfect quick" browser and then Chromium when I got Linux and now Firefox....   I am happy with Firefox now but like to test things so when friends and family ask...  I have half an idea what they are asking about.

On Firefox I use the Browsec FREE VPN addon for when the British Government decide I cannot visit specific websites.

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 12:33:29 pm »
Did a quick test on Peppermint 7  :)

Installs without a problem from the .deb which I downloaded from their site.
The VPN feature is a real (browser) VPN and it doesn't leak anything. No IP, DNS or WebRTC leaks! Speeds with the VPN on were as fast as my real connection is.
The built-in ad-blocker doesn't block as many ads as uBlock Origin but you can add (local) lists to it...
It loads pages as fast/slow as any other browser I use (Chrome/Chromium/Firefox/Iron).

My initial thoughts:

Opera is "based" on Chromium (Blink Rendering Engine) but is more good looking and comes with a few extras... Seems pretty decent but their ad-blocker was slightly disappointing.
I personally prefer a more "bare bone" browser so I can add the features that I want...  ;)



EDIT about the VPN feature:  See this post!  ;)
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2016, 12:58:54 pm »
ok just installed it as well and initial impression..... Damn but it's quick but does not follow standard forum posting like Firefox does.

I cannot highlight text and simply ctrl+b for bold  or underline ctrl+u (infact ctrl+u brings up a "view source" tab)

So will probably suffer the same silly sizing issue Chrome/Chromium and other browsers do

For that reason alone I won't use it - cos I can't be arsed bothered running two browsers

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2016, 02:01:35 pm »
Opera is "based" on Chromium (Blink Rendering Engine) but is more good looking and comes with a few extras... Seems pretty decent but their ad-blocker was slightly disappointing.
I personally prefer a more "bare bone" browser so I can add the features that I want...  ;)

I believe Yandex wins when it comes to bare bones, but you can add from Chrome and Opera's stores if you'd like (although, from what I can tell, not themes).



And, it's based on Blink, Chromium, Opera Turbo...etc., but, as we can see, it has some Opera features in it!  ;)



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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 02:09:16 pm »
ok just installed it as well and initial impression..... Damn but it's quick but does not follow standard forum posting like Firefox does.

I cannot highlight text and simply ctrl+b for bold  or underline ctrl+u (infact ctrl+u brings up a "view source" tab)

So will probably suffer the same silly sizing issue Chrome/Chromium and other browsers do

For that reason alone I won't use it - cos I can't be arsed bothered running two browsers

Regards Zeb...

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016, 02:11:25 pm »
I doubt if I'll ever feel at home in anything but Firefox after this many years.

Ditto, from olde Phoenix/Firebird days back in the late 90's early 2000's IIRC

I have tried it for the last hour or so and am beginning to (dare I say it), quite like it!!  ???

My Findings so far..

1. Settings is a must before use, tick the 'show advanced settings' box at the foot of the Privacy & Security Tab to reveal even more settings than the default and tweak to your hearts content.

2. Free VPN which leaves 3 ports open for the VPN operation. (BUT Mine are all closed  ;))

3. Bookmarking is a pain but, if you drag your bookmark to the Speed Dial section you end up with an array of all your bookmarks on one page (Handy indeed as a start page)

Still to look up an equivelant of the about:config in firefox for Opera to tweak and adjust more.

So far, so good.(as a secondary Browser)

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016, 02:23:18 pm »
Still to look up an equivelant of the about:config in firefox for Opera to tweak and adjust more.

Have you tried Chrome's equivalent
chrome:flags
or more correctly
chrome://flags
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2016, 02:26:30 pm »
@acer

Might this help you, acer?

http://www.ghacks.net/2013/11/04/opera-19-developer-update-enable-operas-power-user-mode/

If it does, I do suggest enabling the Power User feature permanently.  This will save you a lot of grief over time.  ;)

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I think that's where acer wants to go.
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2016, 02:52:31 pm »
Still to look up an equivelant of the about:config in firefox for Opera to tweak and adjust more.

Have you tried Chrome's equivalent
chrome:flags
or more correctly
chrome://flags

Yeh, tried that and tbh, there isn't much more in there to tweak.
Although switching OFF the 3 phase opera adblocker and using extensions Noscript and Disconnect, it seems snappier (read browser quicker)?!

After reading an article about Adblock somewhere, I kind of mistrust bundled adblockers and prefer to use my hybrid collection (Why Isn't there an EVIL emoticon when you need one)

@acer

Might this help you, acer?

http://www.ghacks.net/2013/11/04/opera-19-developer-update-enable-operas-power-user-mode/

If it does, I do suggest enabling the Power User feature permanently.  This will save you a lot of grief over time.  ;)

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I think that's where acer wants to go.

Yup, it did indeed but not that many more adjustments could be made tbh.
Power feature enabled permanently.   ;)

Prefer about:config, can do LOADS more with Firefox  :D

will persivere though..


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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 03:18:47 pm »
Got to laugh at the comments on my daily website..

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/09/20/opera_desktop_browser_vpn/

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2016, 03:55:47 pm »
Done a Cipher Security Check to compare FF v Opera browsers

Firefox:


Opera:


Well opera has certainly improved security over the last few years..yup, this could be a keeper as a secondary browser for me.
Although it does render some sites oddly and Images are not so sharp either.

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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2016, 04:11:08 pm »
Yup, it did indeed but not that many more adjustments could be made tbh.
Power feature enabled permanently.   ;)

I have a feeling that you're an old hand at this, acer.  I've noticed for me, however, that when I used to go into Opera's Power User settings, there was often a b or an a in a little box above.  If I removed those letters, sometimes I'd see a list of more pages of settings which I could then modify.  Maybe, however, you've already discovered this already by yourself.

But, yeah, there are LOADS more of different things that can be modified in Firefox.  ;)
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Re: Opera Browser with Free VPN
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2016, 04:31:51 pm »
The VPN feature is a real (browser) VPN and it doesn't leak anything. No IP, DNS or WebRTC leaks!

Have to correct myself after more testing...  ;)

The VPN feature is a proxy but it doesn't leak anything. No IP, DNS or WebRTC leaks! It blocks unsupported UDP traffic.
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