Hello Linux Geeksters. As you know, Opera is a popular web browser, available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Last year, Opera has adopted Google’s forked WebKit engine, the new versions of the browser being based on Chromium. After the release of Opera 12.16, the Linux support has been dropped, until Opera 26 Dev has been released for Linux.
The latest version available is Opera 28 (28.0.1750.40), which has been recently released, coming with a feature for syncing bookmarks between devices using Opera Mini for iOS, Opera for Android and Opera for Linux and Windows. All the devices are synced when you sign in with your opera account. For now, only the bookmarks can be synced, but Opera works on a full synchronization solution.
Other changes implemented on Opera 28:
- Chromium updated to 41.0.2272.76
- Exit fullscreen page context menu item is missing when in fullscreen
- New address bar has problem with Simplified Chinese IME, Turned experiment address bar off solve this question but it triggers another
- With HiDPI 150% UI looks much too small.
- Pasting a long text positions it on the bottom
- Statistics underreport some features
- Dragging link between two bookmarks hangs Opera
- Ctrl+Tab is not always passed to browser
- No cursor in newly opened & focused address bar
- Three finger tap opened Dictionary bubble is mispositioned on zoomed page
- Keychain permission dialogs pop up on first run
- Selecting text from address bar selects the whole url
- Slow scrolling performance (regression since 27)
In this article I will show you how to install and test Opera 28 stable on 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, Linux Lite 2, LXLE 14.04 and other Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 derivatives.
To install Opera 28 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 or a derivative system, we have to download the Opera 28 deb package from the Opera pool and install it via command-line. I prefer gdebi over dpkg, due to the fact that it also handles dependencies.
$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget http://deb.opera.com/opera/pool/non-free/o/opera-stable/opera-stable_28.0.1750.40_amd64.deb
$ sudo gdebi opera-stable_28.0.1750.40_amd64.deb
Because the Opera 28 deb package gets updated frequently, most likely version 28 will be replaced by a new one soon, so when this link becomes obsolete, download the deb for amd64 Ubuntu systems from HERE and install it via gdebi.
Optional, to remove opera, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove opera