Opera 10 Alpha Build 1345, the Peregrine Flies On
Article by George Norman
On 12 Mar 2009
Following the release of the Opera 9.64 update earlier this month, update that is meant to address some security and stability issues affecting the browser, it is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of another version of Opera 10 Alpha, codename Peregrine, mainly Build 1345. Since the Opera team has already announced it will make its new Carakan JavaScript engine one of the fastest on the market, we have high hopes that when the development process of Opera 10 comes to an end, we will be able to enjoy a very useful and very fast web browser.

“We've finally got a new snapshot available for testing. This time around there are lots of fixes all over. Some things are work in progress, such as the spell checking feature. In this build, Opera will also check the mail database for corruption on startup. If one of the files is found to be not consistent, Opera will try to recover that file. At the moment, this consistency check happens on every startup, and will delay the startup a bit. This is going to be improved in future builds, and the consistency check will likely happen for every update or on a monthly schedule,” explains Opera tester, Håvard K. Moen.

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Since this is still an Alpha build, there are some problems with the software. Amongst the known issues, the ones that caught my eye are: no functional way of sending private messages at Facebook, Digg.com comments overlap, and the spell checker will not function properly for all users. On the upside, there are several improvements, compared to the previous build of course: stability and core fixes, disabling auto-updates will function properly, Facebook chat works now, a cleaner and better looking user interface (UI), the search field will no longer crash, and there are more feed readers in the feed preview page.

Opera 10 Alpha Build 1345 is meant for testers and hardcore Opera fans; unless you fit the description, you are better off using the latest stable version, Opera 9.64, or at least waiting until a more advanced build of Opera 10 comes out. Håvard K. Moen again: “This is a development snapshot: it contains the latest changes, but may also have severe known issues, including crashes and data loss situations. In fact, it may not work at all.”



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