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.
Recently, Opera 27.0.1689.54 stable has been released, bringing a couple of major features and small fixes. Among others, it comes with a tab preview feature that displays the website without switching to it, a new navigation bar is available in the new tab and the developers are migrating users to the Pepper API Adobe Flash plugin.
Unfortunately, Opera 27 is available only for 64 bit (amd64) Ubuntu, Debian and derivative systems.
In this article I will show you how to install and test Opera 27 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 2.0, LXLE 14.04 and other Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 derivatives.
Because the stable branch of Opera is not available via any repository, we have to download the Opera 26 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_27.0.1689.54_amd64.deb
$ sudo gdebi opera-stable_27.0.1689.54_amd64.deb
Because the Opera 27 deb package gets updated frequently, most likely version 27 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