Even though Opera counts for a tiny percentage of the traffic on my main sites its still a level 1 supported browser along with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari and therefore when new versions come out some time is spent investigating the browser and checking how our sites look and hunting down any bugs caused by new features being added or old ones being removed from the script engine.
Today it was Opera 10's turn and I must say the whole experience of just installing the browser was very disheartening. It took a long time just for the download opera button to actually do anything and then you have to pick a mirror to download from which took ages in itself and it was a good half hour before the 3 of us all had installed the browser.
One of the new features is its Turbo option which apparently helps speed up delivery of sites on slow networks through compression techniques. There are 3 options on, off and automatic which detects the speed of the connection and enables or disables the feature. I found that I couldn't actually get the option to enable for the first few attempts as it kept coming back with "could not connect to server" errors, which server I do not know as the actual site I was viewing loaded okay.
Opera seems like a nice browser however there are much better ones in my opinion and they shot themselves in the foot for so long by charging for it and I doubt there market share will ever rise above Firefox, Safari, Chrome or IEs. However it just has enough of a share that warrants me having to spend time getting my sites to work in it so until it drops off the chart I will be having to do these checks quite regularly.