Opera update fixes stability bugs
And mystery code injection flaw
Opera released an update to the latest version of its browser on Thursday.
On the security front the update addresses flaws in the "canvas" functions that might expose data in memory as well as the unspecified code injection bug. In addition, the patch is designed to resolve bugs which meant switches to secure server sessions were not clearly indicated.
Opera 9.51 is recommended as a security and stability upgrade to users of the alternative browser on all platforms as explained here.
The Opera patch follows hot on the heels of an update to Firefox issued earlier this week and designed to resolve 12 bugs in version 2 of the open source browser, four of which are rated critical. Users are advised to upgrade to version 220.127.116.11 if they haven't already moved onto Firefox 3.0, which is not affected by these particular bugs. ®
You notice the address bar now searches the bookmarks as well, that was one of my suggestions (I don't think I suggested address bar history, it has been around for years, it was a long time ago to remember). I have over 12K bookmarks, and trying to find web pages through google is frustrating and suggested this. Trying to use bookmark search is also frustrating as it is too simple,. so one feature I wanted to see was more comprehensive search functions in bookmarks and email, even goggling on the page list in bookmarks for some once seen information, but these are the types of features I mentioned, that Opera seems reluctant to incorporate. Just those suggestions are a revolution for a researcher trying to find something they once saw.
The not having to save to backup a email to draft was something I was also onto them, I am pretty sure the discard button as well, but it is placed such that you can (and I have) accidentally pressed it and it wipes the draft and the current compose session.
Here is another suggestion, I suggested they move the tabs window control into the blank space next to the menus, which they did (which maybe a little bit close to the close apps button). But I think I also suggested that it could go into the application bar, if possible. In reality, if windows allowed it, I would prefer to the panels, new tab, and closed icons in the blank space in the menu bare as well (unless there was not enough room, then Opera would default to the current configuration) and the whole lot moved into the application bar, with the title also inserted in smaller text, or at least the tab controls. Would be extreme, unless you use large sized fonts like I do.
About Firefox stealing Operas ideas, they could always patent those features, if they hired the original inventor of the features ;) .
9.50 was probably a major clean up after all the bugs previously reported, 9.51 just was an easy cleanup of a few missed ones that had been reported recently.
9.50 was rushed out, with some justification
I think 9.50 was rushed out at least partly because Opera wasn't too keen on Firefox stealing their thunder by once again stealing a feature Opera invented (address-bar history search), re-naming it, and in this case, potentially releasing it before the official Opera release.
The very short time between 9.50 and 9.51, along with the non-security-related bugfixes makes me think this. (FWIW, I've also noticed some deadlock issues with 9.5x, I hope they get fixed soon.)
I'm so tired of Firefox getting the credit for functionality that Opera invented (usually) years prior to it being appropriated by Firefox.
It seems that if you log into gmail& then Close that window/tab
&open a new tab, enter gmail's url again, the inbox will appear...weird,eh?
-even with this hiccup, opera sure beats f2's regular crashes