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If Opera 10 doesn't get noticed, we're all in big trouble

You know what would suck? If you were releasing the 10th version of an application soon and it seemed like no one on the Internet gave a damn. Oh, hey, Opera...

TechCrunch's Robin Wauters wonders if anyone's going to notice when the full release drops on September 1st. Ironic, really, because thousands of TC readers certainly know now if they didn't before. I tell ya, ten releases under their belt and Opera gets about as much respect as Rodney Dangerfield.

It's certainly not for a lack of effort. Opera's always been an innovative, standards-compliant browser. Those great features you love about your web browser? Opera's devoted users love to remind you that Opera had them first. Try as they might, it just doesn't seem to be helping them gain converts.

Even the stir Opera caused earlier this summer with the announcement of Unite - which was going to "reinvent the web" died out quickly. Unite received a tepid response and hasn't been talked about much since.

The quiet one in the corner that always gets ignored? That's usually the one that snaps. If you don't take notice of the Opera 10 RC, don't come crying to us when they launch a full-on assault on the Internet.

Who knows what kind of fresh Hell they'll unleash. Mutilating non-compliant web sites? Forcing all your images through their compression servers? Plastering your screen with always on top, uncloseable widgets?

Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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