The problem, whatever it is, is *not* Opera-specific. I get random crashes on all three "modern" browsers (Opera, Firefox, Seamonkey) under VL5.9 And you can't surf Yahoo very well with dillo...
With the browsers, the window crashes, but the program remains in memory, needing a trip through htop to kill -9 and free the memory back up.
It may be a memory issue. I (was) running VL5.9 on a P3/500 with 128MB RAM -- and before you ask, NO, 'throwing another stick of memory in' isn't an option. I'm trying to keep this older machine (Dell Opltiplex GX1) in service without having to pour more money into it, and I don't have anything else lying aroung to scavenge -- otherwise I would have *used* it by now!
I've tried other "lightweight" distros (DSL, Puppy, Morphix), but they seem to give the graphics cards I have available (including mobo builtin) hiccups, so it's Vector or nothing for this machine. I'm now reverting to VL 5.8 to see if that behaves better.
IMO, If a distro can't run stably in 128-192MB, it shouldn't be calling itself "lightweight". Regular distros (*buntu, MEPIS, Mandriva, Fedora, etc.) typically need 256+. Heavyweights need 512+.
And if Vector isn't going to be a lightweight, what's it's purpose then?