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Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by the Opera Software company.
Opera handles common Internet-related tasks such as visiting web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, reading web feeds. Opera Unite feature can stream music, share photos and files, or even host webpages.

Installation (stable version)


  • Go to the Opera download page
  • Select either 32 bit (linux-i386) or 64-bit (linux-x86-64) and then select the opera version
  • Select MEPIS as distribution and the default package format and download
  • A .deb file will be downloaded. Install the deb file with gdebi. See more at Installing Software.
  • Installation will add the opera Repositories to your sources.list file, so future updates should automatically appear in Synaptic
  • Launch Opera from Kmenu >>> Internet >>> Opera



  • add deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ lenny non-free to your repositories.
  • open a console-window
  • type su and enter your root-password
  • enter gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-key 6A423791
  • enter gpg --fingerprint 6A423791
  • enter gpg --armor --export 6A423791| apt-key add -
  • update your repositories with Synaptic
  • search for Opera
  • mark the latest Opera (not the static version) for installation
  • press install



  • If you run into problems with plugins operating correctly, the following often helps:
    • Click KMenu --> System --> File System --> File Manager - Supersuser Mode
    • Navigate to the directory where Opera is installed
    • Delete the Plugins directory
    • Make a softlink to the Plugins directory in Firefox.


You can add an adblock-capability, like Mozillas Adblock Plus, to Opera:

  • download the urlfilter.ini from fanboy.co.nz
  • save it into your hidden Opera-directory --> system:/users/YOURNAME/.opera
  • restart Opera


Newer versions: click on "Configure Speed Dial" at the bottom right of the icons, select what you want.
Older versions: With opera closed, go to /home/yourusername/.opera directory and look for the speeddial.ini file.
Open it in kwrite and add following to very bottom of file:


Restart Opera and you'll have 12 speed dial shortcuts. You can try adding more if necessary!

  • Get rid of 'search panel' in Speed Dial screen

Newer versions: unclear how to do this ATM
Older versions:

  1. With Opera running this time - open a tab and type opera:config in the address bar.
  2. Click on User Prefs and scroll down to Speed Dial Search Type.
  3. Change entry to '0'.
  4. Go to bottom of page and click save.
  5. Close the config editor and get back to Speed Dial again
  • Start without icon in system tray

Recent versions: type "about:config" in the address bar, then "tray" in the search field, and uncheck the box.
Older versions: start Opera with opera -notrayicon command switch (use the Menu Editor).


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