Note: anyone wanting content besides argument about the FF name, please skip down!
Waiiiit... are you suggesting that Firefox the browser is so named because of this relatively unknown common name for the Red Panda? First, I've never heard of that being the case. Maybe it is, but I highly doubt most Firefox users are thinking of that when they think "Firefox". I'd wager instead that, as the logo itself implies, they think of a fox (red) and fire. The logo shows a fox with a fiery tale. It doesn't really look like a Red Panda...
Besides, according to this page: http://www.mozilla.o...irefox-name-faq.html
the official name is Mozilla Firefox, so if anything it should be MF, or MFx
Aaaaaanyway, speaking of Opera, I like it too, but I don't use it as my main browser anymore. I found too many things I didn't like in the 9.x series (many of which I honestly can't remember now, but was annoyed then), so I stopped using it after 8.x I think. I still have it around and use it occasionally as a 3rd/4th browser (I use Firefox and Chrome mostly). And I do still miss its speed and some of its features. I found its tab restore functionality not only ahead of its time, but more reliable even than Tabmix Plus or any Firefox solution I've used yet.
Unfortunately I have to agree that the devs and their policies really rub me the wrong way. I like a lot of what Opera has built-in, and the fact that things like "Paste and Go" have been in for a long time, by default (not to mention "right-click, search selected words" and more useful stuff) is great. They have some good ideas and having them built-in is nicer in general than having 10 extensions dangling off the app framework just to get most commonly used functions. That being said, even if the devs don't think a particular feature or level of modification is important, many, many users do, and I don't think it's reasonable that they don't have a well-implemented, easy-to-use, well-documented plugin system yet. Yes, you can write plugins, with complex custom code and semi-documented hooks and hacking. But it's not nearly as easy as it is for FF and Chrome, maybe even IE.
That's pretty exciting. Has anyone tried it?