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Opera 10.50 pre-alpha is out!
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jan 2010, 07:28    Post_subject:  Opera 10.50 pre-alpha is out!
Sub_title: Opera removing QT dependencies

A pre-alpha version of Opera 10.50 is now available. This is a rough pre-alpha build but may be of interest to Barry and other developers because Opera developers are removing Opera's dependency on the Qt libraries. Be warned it is definitely not ready for daily use but I am testing it on Quirky.

More details and a download link are on the Opera Desktop Blog here:
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jan 2010, 07:56    Post_subject:  

This pre-alpha build is not meant for general usage. The graphics rendering engine is buggy and extremely slow (10x slower than Opera 10.10), but the JavaScript engine is amazingly fast (2x faster than Opera 10.10).
HTML5 video and audio playback works in this build (say bye-bye to Adobe Flash! Very Happy)

If you use this build in Puppy you should be aware of these bugs:

lovelyopera [1. January 2010, 07:11] wrote:

Opera 10.5 pre-alpha for Linux is full of really weird (!) bugs:

- Sticky scrollbars and controls - when using the scrollbars to scroll a page,opera:config or drag the play position controls in a Flash video window, there's a very high probability that the mouse cursor will stick to the scrollbar/slider and the movement of the mouse will still control these sliders even when you release the mouse button.

- Chopped off dialog boxes (e.g. the 'Confirm Exit' notification box).You have to *maximize* it to get to the other buttons.

- Temporary graphical glitches when maximizing the Opera window (diagonal warping)

- Temporary graphics corruption when accessing the appearance settings and the "Appearance" window pops up (scambled window with weird colors)

- Controls on Flash video "applets" (YouTube) don't work at all.

- Major problems if you use any skin other than the included default one. You will get black tab bars, funky icons, white text on white (!), inverted colors and other strange bugs.

- The menu bar (hidden by default) reappears when you change any option in the preferences and close the prefs window.

- Mission Impossible: Try to enable and resize the tab thumbnails downwards starting from the 'fully hidden' position.

- Sluggish scrolling performance compared to the Opera 10.10 Qt3 build. The Qt3 build was way faster and snappier. Opera 10.5 feels slower than the worst Qt4 build
Blazing-fast JavaScript performance (and high benchmark scores) isn't everything. Opera 10.5 now feels 10x slower than the dog-slow Firefox.

- Buggy menus: Menu item highlighting doesn't follow the first and last menu item on mouseover. There's a very high probability of empty / missed clicks.

- Severe graphics corruption / duplication bug when scrolling a web page (especially the Opera blog) with the keyboard arrow keys. Scrolling is s-u-p-e-r ssssssllllloooooooowwwww

If you need speed and stability, use the stable version (Opera 10.10) It's up to 10x faster. Opera 10.50 pre-alpha for Linux is not even alpha quality Very Happy
On the other hand, the Windows version of Opera 10.50 is *much* more stable and extremely fast. It feels almost like an RC build.

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jan 2010, 08:10    Post_subject:  

Please test this build thoroughly and report all the bugs you can find Smile

Also try to save some files and see if the file save dialog fails to load in Puppy.

[[[ Opera needs more testers for the Linux build ]]]

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PostPosted: Wed 24 Feb 2010, 03:33    Post_subject:  

I am currently using Opera 10.50 with Stardust 011 and so far it is good.It seems appreciably faster than 10.10 and so far the only thing that I dont like is the Mail section which is much more fussy to use than 10.10.
No crashes so far .
Regards Dennis.
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