New Opera 10.51 UNIX packages

March 20th, 2010

We couldn’t help noticing a few of our UNIX users feeling left out after the previous Mac snapshot. Well, it turns you didn’t have to wait too long for your own snapshot after all.

In addition to containing fixes from the previous Mac snapshot and Windows RCs the big change is that new packages have arrived for Opera 10.51 UNIX. So if you were waiting for an .rpm or .deb package before you start testing, you no longer have any excuses. 😉 Please note however, that this does not mean that every issue is fixed. It simply means that you can test the packages themselves if you are comfortable with that or if the outstanding issues are not ones that bother you, then you could choose to install Opera 10.51 UNIX and make it your primary browser. In either scenario we would recommend you backup your profile (‘~/.opera’) first to allow you to downgrade should you need to, because once installed Opera will use the default profile (rather than a testing profile). You can of course continue to use the ‘opera’ script included in the root directory of an extracted tarball package to run Opera in place with a test profile, as has been the case with all Opera 10.5x snapshots so far.

I have also written a complementary article to this one on my own blog. That posting is primarily aimed at our intermediate to advanced UNIX users. If you are new to UNIX you may find it to be too much detail. However, if you are interested in packaging or just want to know a little bit more about workarounds for minor issues please check it out! If you are a user of the install script bundled in the tarball packages, you should certainly read in as the changes are potentially biggest for you.


  • Completely New Packages

Known Issues

  • Packaging: No desktop integration for users of old Desktop Environments on non deb/rpm distros
  • Packaging: Extra unneeded GTK libraries get installed on some distros
  • Packaging: Removal of ‘prefix’/’DESTDIR’ install script options
  • Font problems
  • Language input issues
  • No KDE integration (yet)
  • Problem with address field drop down position under non compositing Window Managers
  • Black drop down menus for some KDE3 users
  • Black border around Ctrl+Tab dialog when running under compositing Window Managers
  • Some command line options don’t work

WARNING: This is a development snapshot: it contains the latest changes, but may also have severe known issues, including crashes and data loss situations. In fact, it may not work at all.