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Need a good browser to transition from Opera 12 with

by wohdin / March 2, 2014 8:38 AM PST

I've been kind of spoiled by (pre-Next) Opera's built-in features for several years now (since about 2006 really - most of my internet life for almost the past decade is stored in my Opera installation), but now that I'm literally 10 versions behind, as I've flat out refused to switch to the Chromium-based Opera Next which, in what little testing I did with it, is slow as absolute balls, and also lacks the most critical and basic features that had always made Opera so unfathomably awesome in the first place (in particular the built-in email/RSS client and the absolute godsend of a sidebar which also worked in conjunction to keep all that **** on the screen literally at all times without being obtrusive to web browsing), I've kind of realized that Opera 12 is now pretty outdated and is quickly becoming obsolete in terms of supporting web standards and practices. So I'm thinking about switching to something different, something a bit more modernized... Problem is, I have no idea what to switch to. I've been using Chrome as a supplemental browser to Opera for a while (mainly for the handful of sites that for some reason don't work properly on Opera - Mega, I'm looking at you), but it's also way too slow to be useful to me. I've also been kind of biased against Firefox, but I haven't really looked into it in about a year or so, so things might have changed recently.

I basically need something that can have upwards of 30+ tabs open at any time without lagging (which Opera has never had any sort of problem doing), has good and simple bookmark organization, a nice, organized and informative download manager (preferably one that is viewable in its own tab and not in a popout window - and really I prefer this for pretty much every feature), and some sort of page debugging information feature (Opera's page info tab is AMAZING and still one of my favorite things in any browser ever, but I've never seen anything even remotely comparable in any other browser). I suppose it doesn't need to have a built-in mail or RSS client since I can just switch to Opera Mail which is basically just the mail client part of the old browser without the webkit stuff, but that's not even remotely the optimal solution, especially since I don't have a whole lot of RAM.

Anyone have some suggestions for me? I really don't want to be left behind in the web world, but at this rate it seems like the inevitable conclusion if I don't change soon. God, I wish I knew what Opera was thinking, abandoning what was still at the time the best web renderer available in favor of something so horribly inefficient (as much as I love Chrome, it's probably the single biggest resource hog installed on my machine, even with just a few tabs open).

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My new laptop
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 9:13 AM PST

Has 16GB and I can have about that many tabs open in Chrome or Firefox so how do I see this lag you are asking about?

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I'm using
by itsdigger / March 2, 2014 9:39 AM PST

Firefox Nightly v 30.0a1 and can't bog it down. If you REALLY want a bleeding edge browser , give it a shot.

here's the link >


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