Opera is a full-featured web suite by Opera Software ASA, a Norwegian IT company. It is closed-source software, but I prefer to say it is "free as parking".
Why should I use Opera?
- It's fast and lightweight.
- It's looks pretty and is very much customizable.
- It needs no extensions and provides web browser with mouse gestures and ad blocking, mail client, bittorrent client and IRC client all in one!
- It's got a professional touch: no software bloat, no memory leaks, no freezes, no crashes.
Why should I NOT use Opera?
- It's not Free (open-source).
- It's a Qt app (requires additional libraries to be loaded if you're not running KDE).
- Some pages display badly in Opera (although this is never Opera's fault!).
How do I install Opera?
One command does it all (of course you need an Internet connection and enabled repositories):
# pacman -S opera
- To remove the tray icon, launch Opera with the -notrayicon option.
- To make the menus look nice, do
# pacman -S polymer
then run qtconfig and set the polymer theme for Qt apps.
- Unfortunately Opera relies heavily on Windows fonts. Make sure to install the package ttf-ms-fonts, or (even better) copy the truetype fonts from a Windows installation somewhere to your font path, e.g. /usr/share/fonts/TTF.