CNN.com - Opera Web browser ups security - Apr 19, 2005
I'm not sure who Opera is targetting, but their has to be significant reason why someone would shell out money, or put up with advertisements in a browser. I dont see anyone shelling out cash for a browser, especially when it is competing against a browser like firefox, which is highly extensible, and is gaining widespread support.
I've noticed on a redmond blog (I think, bloglines database is down), people saying that web developers should check their websites with browsers other than the current ones. I was reading that most web developers are using either firefox, or browsers with cleartype to see if their web sites look good. These developers forget to check the web site in older version of IE, 5.0 and 5.5. Also without cleartype this makes a difference. But I think there is a conflict of interest here.
If web developers dont check sites in older browsers, people will be forced to upgrade. And there is danger that those who upgrade will upgrade to a browser other than internet explorer. I feel its a good thing that web development is not checked in any browser other than the latest. That means more people forced to use browsers that are up to date. Its very easy to say that and much harder for the people, I know how much of a pain it can be to update software, especially for the less computer literate. However, a computer should not be considered an appliance like a TV. A one time purchase. It should be more like a car. It has dynamic parts which need maintainence every few months. We need computer mechanics and computer servicing, and people need to realize that.