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 standards-compliant.
- It's very much customizable.
- Out-of-the-box provides web browsing with mouse gestures and ad-blocking, mail client, bittorrent client and IRC client all in one! And then some more too...
- It's got a professional touch: no software bloat, no memory leaks, no freezes, no crashes.
Why should I NOT use Opera?
- It is not Free. It's proprietary software.
- It's a Qt application, which means it requires loading additional libraries if you're not running KDE.
- Some webpages don't display correctly because they are not following the web standards (Opera sticks to standards).
How do I install Opera?
One command does it all (of course you need an Internet connection and all repositories enabled):
# 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 applications.
- 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.