I have been using Opera 11.64 for quite some time now and for the last week or so Opera has been nagging me to update to version 12. Well yesterday i finally gave in and said ‘why not?’. Today folks, I’m full with regret..and it seems from browsing the opera forums, I’m not the only one who fell into the trap of upgrading.
Opera seems to have headed in the same direction as Firefox, by making plug-ins as a separate process, so when one crashes or miss-behaves it doesn’t crash the whole browser. OK.. fair enough, sounds cool, but why oh why! does it consume so much more resources? Is this a trade off, stay secure but stay crippled? I tried watching youtube videos or playing online flash games (i love to play pool and letterblox on omgpop) and everything lagged to hell, to my horror i checked the task manager processes, and found the opera plugin container using 99% CPU, and over 200mb of memory!!
Here are some quotes from others who are experiencing the same problems with the latest version of Opera.
“Since the new Opera Version 12.0, whenever I open a youtube video this “Opera Plugin Wrapper” would appear in task manager and cause a high CPU usage…”
Regarding the plug-n container..
“As helpful as it seems, I don’t think the trade off is worth it. My CPU usage from the wrapper jumps to 70-80%…”
So what gives? you cant disable it, its here to stay..the only solution..is to downgrade! Some were also having problems with version 11 builds, such as having a lot of tabs open (over 50+) and they found Opera 10 to be less of a resource hog. But i for one will be going back to Opera 11.64, it gave me no problems whatsoever.
So until Opera decide to fix this problem, I’m not budging from using the older versions of Opera, what i don’t understand is, when something is working perfectly why break it?