Install opera browser


Opera is said to be very efficient (i.e. fast) browser. It also has flash support as a plugin. However when running a YouTube clip on my atom based laptop (MSI Wind) the sound quality is really poor. I don't exacly understand the reason for this.


Because opera is commercial software with unclear redistribution permissions a pre-compiled package is not provided. But an install from ports is almost as simple even if it takes a few minutes. It is assumed that ports source are located under /usr/ports/.

cd /usr/ports/www/opera
make install
cd /usr/ports/www/opera-flashplugin
make install

Opera is also dependent on linux compatability (see compat_linux).

Enable linux compatability in /etc/sysctl.conf by uncommenting the following row.

kern.emul.linux=1		# enable running Linux binaries

You also need to install base Linux libraries.

pkg_add fedora_base 

Problems with freezing

Make sure not to use kernel. When I tried running with on a atom architecture, opera would constantly freeze. With single core kernel this problem went away.