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#1 11 years ago

Quoted from my blog-

I was doing some research for an argument I’m having concerning Opera vs Firefox. I claimed that you could get all of Opera’s features in Firefox through add-ons. This was ridiculed, and I was asked to provide links to where said add-ons could be downloaded. I thought that my findings would be a good blog piece, and I therefore present to you my guide on making your Firefox like Opera.

1. Mail Client- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5593

In my opinion the separation of the Mozilla suite into Firefox and Thunderbird was an excellent move, but for those who really want a mail client with their Firefox, there are plenty of options. Simple Mail is the cleanest, crispest Firefox mail client addon around, and it works just as well if not better than Opera’s.

2. Mouse Gestures- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/39

Navigating around your browser through moving the mouse seems like a pointless bloat to me, but it’s one of Opera’s flagship features. Not only does Firefox have an addon to do this, but it has six different ones to choose from. I picked the most stable and simple one, but the list is here.

3. Speed Dial - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4810

Another one which the Opera team and fans obsess about, this is a tool which allows you to quickly access your most used websites when you open a new tab. There’s only one addon I’ve found for this (as linked above), and it functions identically to Opera’s speed dial .

4. Torrent Client- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4844

I can actually see the use in having a torrent client integrated into your browser, although Opera seems to push it on the user. Firefox has a host of community made addons integrating a torrent client, but I linked FoxTorrent here (it’s the one I use).

5. Look and Feel- Im Suden: Opera Theme for Firefox The look and feel of Firefox and Opera are basically the same, but for the sake of completeness I added in the link above. It was designed by a fellow blogger, and it’s disturbingly accurate.

If anybody thinks I’ve missed out on a feature, I’ll be happy to provide more links for you. If it isn’t already done, I’ll make it for you if possible.

Opera’s Features in Firefox « Mr Psi

I thought this was quite a neat little guide :)




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#2 11 years ago

And there are skins that make FF look like Opera...so now you have a near-perfect clone!




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#3 11 years ago

Is it possible for Firefox to do this, however? 58681d1193326022-operas-features-firefox-opera.jpg




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#4 11 years ago

Although it's a fair point that Firefox can do pretty much everything Opera can do; modifying Firefox to emulate Opera so closely defies the point of using Firefox. Why not just use Opera?




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#5 11 years ago

I only use one of these (the torrent client), but this just proves the potential of Firefox. Firefox is superior because it can have these features and thousands more through addons. It's almost as though you're building your own web browser, rather than having a load of features you may not want poured on you.

Firefox also has added external support for things (such as the Yahoo! toolbar). It's open sourced too (not something most people care about, but I do).




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#6 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3999148Although it's a fair point that Firefox can do pretty much everything Opera can do; modifying Firefox to emulate Opera so closely defies the point of using Firefox. Why not just use Opera?

It's called 'fanboyism'. If one wanted all of those features, one would use Opera to start with - and benefit from the increased speed and decreased system resources that accompany it.

I use Firefox these days because it's Firefox. The only addon I have is the dictionary, which isn't really an addon anyway. Firefox vanilla has a robust, solid feeling that can only be matched by a rusted old Toyota pickup truck (with the exception of the strange thing it used to do on my previous Windows installation whilst attempting to update). Opera is superior in numerous ways, but for some reason beyond my comprehension, it just feels 'dainty'. Don't ask me to explain that, because I can't.

Basically, the best browser analogy I can think up is this: Internet Explorer is like a Ford Focus. Opera is like a Fiat Barchetta. Firefox is like Mr. T's truck. Each model is superior over the others in different ways, and ultimately it is a personal choice as to which one you use.




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#7 11 years ago

Mr. Matt;3999327It's called 'fanboyism'. If one wanted all of those features, one would use Opera to start with - and benefit from the increased speed and decreased system resources that accompany it.

I use Firefox these days because it's Firefox. The only addon I have is the dictionary, which isn't really an addon anyway. Firefox vanilla has a robust, solid feeling that can only be matched by a rusted old Toyota pickup truck (with the exception of the strange thing it used to do on my previous Windows installation whilst attempting to update). Opera is superior in numerous ways, but for some reason beyond my comprehension, it just feels 'dainty'. Don't ask me to explain that, because I can't.

Basically, the best browser analogy I can think up is this: Internet Explorer is like a Ford Focus. Opera is like a Fiat Barchetta. Firefox is like Mr. T's truck. Each model is superior over the others in different ways, and ultimately it is a personal choice as to which one you use.

Just how is IE superior to Opera or Firefox?




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#8 11 years ago
Fire Legion;3999350Just how is IE superior to Opera or Firefox?

It's about as idiot-proof as it's possible for a browser to be.




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#9 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3999362It's about as idiot-proof as it's possible for a browser to be.

Not really, think about the crashing, the pain in the ass install, the updates that come through microsoft, and the bad security. I've seen Firefox be so much more idiot-proof.