I have been using Firefox for as long as I can remember now on both Win and Linux after dumping IE years ago after suffering with a plague of security issues, and finding websites of dubious origin constantly appearing in my bookmarks, Firefox also seemed to have a broader selection of addons.
The last couple of weeks on my main machine I had noticed Firefox seemed to be getting a bit sluggish - ok I had three or four addons attached to it including this Hambar thingy which I happen to like as it combines a whole bunch of links and pages concerning Amateur radio, and it's a convenience thing - tonight (Thur) I decided to disable the addons to see if it made any difference, (to be honest - not a great deal), the browser did fire up a bit quicker but nothing special, so I decided to take the plunge and install Opera, as it claimed to be quicker.
Having downloaded it the install was totally hassle-free, AND everything appeared as it should, and wow ! yes it IS quicker - it has a different feel and look to Firefox but I'm sure I'll get used to it soon - it also still incorporates its own mail client which I have not set up as yet.
One thing I did want was the ability to post blogs from it - Luckily Opera has the Scribefire addon which pops up under a new tab - all in all it looks quite good, and it's possible to personalise the layout too.
I was confident enough to also install it on my netbook to see if it was quicker than Firefox - Yes it is.
I will set up the mail client on the netbook as its all under one hood - thats good as we dont want too many windows running so I will erase Thunderbird, but on my main machine I use a personal information manager for mail so I'll leave it be - that comes from using Linux for so long.
I am actualy making this post using the Scribefire addon using Opera, now I should get back to using Opera to see how it performs. Might do a follow-up later.