Installing a second copy of Opera under Gnome/Unity
Friday, February 4, 2011 8:30:24 AM
Firstly, grab a tar package that matches your OS and architecture. So if you use 32-bit Linux you want a package that ends ".i386.linux.tar.xz" and if you use 64-bit Linux you want a package that ends ".x86_64.linux.tar.xz".
Save it some where convenient and it should look something like this in your file manager:
Right click on this file and choose 'Extract Here':
You should now have the original file plus a similarly named directory, like this:
Enter the directory and you will find the following Opera files:
At this stage you have two options.
Firstly you could run Opera 'in place' which will mean that you don't actually have to install it but rather just run it directly from this directory. It will even store its profile (settings) within this directory. This is a particularly good choice if you want to start with a clean profile for every snapshot, or if you want to have a portable version of Opera that you can carry around on a USB drive (just extract the directory to the USB drive).
To run Opera in place, double click on the file named 'opera' and you will see the following:
You should select 'Run' (as I have highlighted) and Opera will start. That is it! When you are finished with Opera shut it down as normal. If you want to start it again, just navigate back to the extracted directory and double click on the 'opera' file again.
Note: If you want your bookmarks and speeddials from your stable Opera install, the easiest way to copy them across is to enable Opera Link.
The second option is to install Opera alongside your stable version. The advantage here is that you could install one snapshot, configure it how you like and then upgrade it through all future snapshots, whilst retaining every one of your settings. You also get full desktop environment integration (e.g. a shortcut in the application menu). To do this double click on the file named 'install' and you should see the following:
This time you will note that I have the 'Run in Terminal' option highlighted. Click this and the install script will start displaying the following:
Next, press the 'Enter (Return)' key to confirm 'Ok' and begin the installation, which will display as follows:
As that is an advanced option, I will not cover here. Just press the 'Enter' key to move to the next step. Now you have the option to install a 'suffix'. Suffixes are used to allow multiple side by side installations, which is exactly what we want. The suffix renames Opera's files slightly so they don't conflict with the main install (since it has no suffix). If you are installing snapshots, an appropriate suffix might be 'snapshot' (without the quotes).
Type snapshot in the suffix area (like my example above) and then press the 'Enter' key to move to the next step. Opera will now start checking the package contents to ensure they did not get corrupted when you downloaded them before moving on to installation:
Once installation is complete some commands will be echoed back:
Finally, press the 'Enter' key one last time as you are done!
You can confirm that Opera 'snapshot' is installed along side the stable version by looking in your Applications menu:
If it doesn't display, don't worry, sometimes you need to log out of your desktop environment and then back in again before it appears.
Finally, if you ever want to uninstall the snapshot then start a terminal (this this small part requires you to start a terminal!) and issue the following command: