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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

Optional tweaks

  • 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.