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  • A Qt5 Opera-Inspired Browser To Ring In The New Year

    Phoronix: A Qt5 Opera-Inspired Browser To Ring In The New Year

    Launching on 1 January 2014 to kick-off the new year is yet another open-source web-browser. What this latest open-source browser is about is having a new Qt5-based web-browser for power users that's inspired by the old Opera browser...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU1NjU

  • #2
    Thanks for coverage. ;-)

    If someone has any questions then you can ask here too.
    Early feedback and comments are welcomed. :-)

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    • #3
      Wayland?

      Does it work in Wayland?

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      • #4
        uid313, it should (does not pull anything outside Qt 5.2 currently, does not use QtX11Extras) but wasn't tested yet (so far it was tested on 64 and 32 bit Linux and 32 bit Windows XP).

        Currently my primary focus is development, when there will be time for first beta (hopefully in early March) I'll switch to polishing up (including margins and sizes in GUI) and more intensive testing. ;-)

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        • #5
          This is incredibly awesome! Thanks to Michael for posting about this, and to Emdek for working on this project! I'll be compiling it when I have some more spare time! I'm still using Opera 12 in the meantime.

          Man, I just tested about 15 web browsers for Android, and Opera Mobile was the most useless of them all, really, even Yandex.Browser that has the Turbo from Opera is somewhat better! I wonder how could they have forked Chromium and still make one browser that is more useless than Chrome!

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          • #6
            This is incredibly awesome! Thanks to Michael for posting about this, and to Emdek for working on this project! I'll be compiling it when I have some more spare time! I'm still using Opera 12 in the meantime.

            Man, I just tested about 15 web browsers for Android, and Opera Mobile was the most useless of them all, really, even Yandex.Browser that has the Turbo from Opera is somewhat better! I wonder how could they have forked Chromium and still make a browser that is more useless than Chrome!

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            • #7
              This is really good news. I only switched from Opera 12.16 to Chromium 2 weeks ago, simply because the easy of use and UI of Opera is still formidable. Of course, its age was starting to show in various ways (compatibility, speed, etc), but I had all sorts of issues and bug problems with chromium that I never had with Opera. I look forwarding to trying out Otter, I hope it will be a successful endeavor.

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              • #8
                It sure does look interesting. So it is up to a time to show how it will continue to develop. In meantime, we have QupZilla as fine and mature Qt5 web browser.

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                • #9
                  I really hope this project succeeds. After ditching Opera 12 cause it's just too incompatible and crashy, I can't find any browser that would satisfy me. I currently use Chromium but it's a pain, Firefox is unusable, Konqueror and rekonq have their own problems, Qupzilla was promising, but it can't handle my bookmarks properly, the list goes on. I wished for Opera to switch engines to webkit, but what they did is an abomination. Ever since I can't browse the net comfortably :-/.

                  @Emdek - grab the flattr for your project https://flattr.com/thing/2438041

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Saverios View Post
                    but I had all sorts of issues and bug problems with chromium that I never had with Opera
                    Can you tell me about the problems? I'm curious because the only bug I have encountered so far is font problems on Wikipedia, and exclusively on Wikipedia(except flash, some graphics problem but i guess that's not chromium's fault).

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                    • #11
                      They are not major bugs, but they are annoying. For example, there are youtube videos which chromium refuses to play (I get the "An error has occured" message) unless I open another video (successfully) and then reload the original video. Also, Chromium will not allow you to open a file using another application directly, you have to save the file first, then locate it and open it manually which is really inconvenient (other users have asked for this feature repeatedly but to no avail). And, as with all browsers except opera, closing the last tab closes chromium as well, which I also find confusing (this can be fixed via an extension but it's hit or miss).

                      To make a long story short, opera had features that other browsers can only have via extensions and add-on. Examples include mouse gestures, the speed dial page, the direct opening of files with another application and others. Not to mention it looked nicer as well. I had the same theme for 2 or three years or so and I still miss it.

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                      • #12
                        Cyber Killer, thanks. ;-)

                        I have "at least one commit per day" policy, it applies to all of my github projects but since I have to finally fully switch from Opera 12 then I can assure that rapid development will be continued.
                        There is lots of work to achieve level of feature parity that will satisfy myself. ;-)

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                        • #13
                          it would be *REALLY* cool if it could render the page into an opengl surface, just like the mobile browsers out there (opera mobile for desktop did it) or steam browser in big picture mode

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                          • #14
                            The Opera devs knew this would happen--that's why they created the new Chromium based Opera.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Saverios View Post
                              there are youtube videos which chromium refuses to play (I get the "An error has occured" message) unless I open another video (successfully) and then reload the original video.
                              Yes that's flash's problem, as I said in the parenthesis in my last reply, but I haven't encountered it for months.
                              Also, Chromium will not allow you to open a file using another application directly, you have to save the file first, then locate it and open it manually which is really inconvenient (other users have asked for this feature repeatedly but to no avail).
                              After saving the file, you can just press the file's box on the download bar, and chrome will open your file with the default application you set. You don't really have to locate it manually. Also beside the box of the file there is a dropdown menu, in it there are "Open file" "Show in folder"(which opens the folder it's located with your default file explorer) and an option to automatically open any file of its MIME type as download completes (which is unrecommended due to security reasons). If you happen to close the download bar, then just press Ctrl+J to open the download page in a new tab. In the download page, clicking the file opens it, and there's also a "show in folder" button below each item.
                              And, as with all browsers except opera, closing the last tab closes chromium as well, which I also find confusing (this can be fixed via an extension but it's hit or miss).
                              This works in mobile Chrome, haven't tried Firefox yet, but you're right, the desktop versions need this too.
                              To make a long story short, opera had features that other browsers can only have via extensions and add-on.
                              Extensions are better in that each extension can have its very specific job and thus do things better, and they're modular too. However since they rely on third-party extensions, it might not be as good as browser-integrated features. IMHO it's a pro as well as a con so there's no saying if it's better or worse to use extensions. Do mind that Google does release official extensions though. They even released an input method extension.
                              the speed dial page
                              But it has the "Most visited" page, and your bookmarks also appear at the top of the page if your bookmark bar is hidden.
                              Not to mention it looked nicer as well.
                              I actually prefer Chromium's look lol, and I use dark themes. I'm waiting to take a look at Firefox's new Aurora interface

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