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?
To install the latest stable Opera:
# pacman -S opera
There is also a development version (9.50), which can be installed via [unstable]:
# pacman -S unstable/opera
Microsoft Fonts and Opera
If you have at the time of opera package instalation the package ttf-ms-fonts Opera will then use those fonts which kind look bad. To make opera use by default gnome fonts or whatever is default on your system remove the ttf-ms-fonts package and then install opera.
Also note that all fonts are configurable at Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Fonts
- To remove the tray icon, launch Opera with the -notrayicon option.
- To make the menus look nice, do
# pacman -S polymer
then run qtconfig (it will be located in /opt/qt/bin) 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.
- To improve the (flash) plugin performance in opera, just issue this command before starting opera or add it to your /etc/profile:
# export OPERAPLUGINWRAPPER_PRIORITY=0
- If you get the following error:
/usr/lib/opera/9.27-20080331.6/opera: error while loading shared libraries: libqt-mt.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
create a symlink(as root):
# ln -s /opt/qt/lib/libqt-mt.so.3 /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
That should fix the problem.
- If you sometimes have rendering problems, like duplicated pixel rows, turn of "smooth scrolling" (tools->preferences->advanced->browsing->smooth scrolling)