Opera 21

The latest Webkit-based Opera is version 21.0.1432.57. There’s nothing much of interest in this new version, with the major change being the use of ‘Aura’, an improved desktop window manager that’s also part of the toolkit used by Google for its Chromium O/S and Chrome web browser.

There’s still no sidebar, which makes one wonder whether Opera will ever recover its former full-featured glory. The developers keep insisting that they will add missing features back to the browser, but if they’re pushing out major releases with nothing changed except a slightly faster user interface, it seems they are concentrating on the wrong things.

There are apparently no security fixes in this version.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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