Monday, September 5, 2011 8:32:31 PM
Arrgh ... it annoys me when I read stuff that I know is factually wrong. Even more so when a colleague (whom I respect) writes it. I just stumbled across, "The Evolution of the Modern Web
" on the Choose Opera Blog
The second sentence states,
Edit: The original blog post is updated now and doesn't claim this.
The first web browser Mosaic was released back in 1993, followed by Netscape and Opera.
As I state on the third page of comments, that isn't true and wouldn't make a lot of sense if it was, given the web was first publicly announced on August 6th in 1991. It would mean there were no browsers for first two years that the web existed.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:16:16 AM
If you can't wait for the Arch community repository, Slackbuilds (or the Salix repository) to update, you can download Opera 11.51
Monday, August 29, 2011 3:49:38 PM
I'm probably the very last person to realise this, but just in case I'm not I thought I'd mention it. You can play YouTube URLs directly in VLC.
Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:21:17 AM
As many of you know I maintain the opera-next snapshot PKGBUILD on the AUR (Arch User Repository)
. Whilst I generally update this shortly after we release a snapshot, occasionally I have been a little delayed due to other commitments or because I am out of office at the time.
Since we haven't made any major packaging changes for some time, updating this PKGBUILD simply involves updating the Opera version number, build number, URL randomizer and the md5sums within the PKGBUILD tarring the result up and uploading it to the AUR. And since I am fairly lazy I wrote small shell script to gather this information from the Desktop Team blog
and create the source package for me.
Anyway I figured I might as well share a simplified variant of this script so that people could use it directly if I am ever a delayed in updating the AUR in the future. opsnap4arch
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 8:08:30 AM
I have seen a few people complain of late that they cannot change the keyboard shortcut for the Opera Menu, which by default is on the release of the Alt key (provided no other key or mouse click happens in between the press and release). However, it can be changed on Linux/FreeBSD. For example say I wanted to set it to "Alt+m", I could do so as follows.
Friday, July 22, 2011 2:49:33 PM
Just a quick note to say that myself and those close me to me are OK. Also not heard any reports yet of any Opera employees being hurt.Haavard will probably do a better job than I of keeping up with the news
Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:32:20 PM
Here are some Slack native packages of our recent Labs build. If you haven't seen it already, head over to Opera Labs and check out our latest work on Ragnarök
(our new HTML5 parser).
I converted the official packages with my op2slk
tool. You could of course simply use this convector yourself but I provide them for convenience nonetheless.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 12:38:20 PM
Unfortunately, late yesterday Kjersti had a miscarriage. We're both a little down but hey ... such is life. I have read that some researchers estimate up to 40% of all pregnancies end this way (with half of those happening so early that the woman doesn't even realise she is pregnant). Still it is a shock as we were just past the first trimester (which is when miscarriage is most likely), so we were just starting to feel safe.
Of course we intend to try again and since we managed it once I have high hopes that it'll be second time lucky.
However, our doctor has suggested that we hold off for a few of months, and even if we were then successful right away, we probably wouldn't say anything until we are back in the 'safe period'. So don't expect any more baby news for a long while.
P.S. Thanks in advance for kind thoughts.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:18:08 PM
It hasn't escaped my notice that quite a few Gentoo and Sabayon users are reporting problems getting Flash running. Odd problems with Flash are a fairly common occurrence but I am starting to get the feeling that almost nobody on Gentoo or Sabayon has working Flash under Opera anymore. I'd really like to get to the bottom of this. I have read quite a few threads and discussions but currently I'm having real trouble noticing a pattern. So I think it is time I asked for some help.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:56:20 PM
Here are some Opera 11.50 final packages for Slackware
(and other distros), whilst we wait for the SlackBuilds repository
to be updated.
If you run Salix, the latest Opera is already in your local repository!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:34:00 PM
The install script in our Opera Next tar packages includes a handy option called '--name' (which replaces our older '--suffix' option). It is provided so that you can install multiple copies of the same browser with different install suffixes. What do we mean by an install suffix? Well consider that Opera Next is for the most part just a suffixed install of Opera, with the suffix being 'next'. If you wanted to install a second copy of Opera with the suffix 'test', you would simply set this option as '--name opera-test'. Then you would have an 'Opera Test' install that used its own unique profile and sits alongside any 'Opera' or 'Opera Next' install you already have present.
This is obviously a pretty cool and powerful feature for testing but what some might find particularly interesting is that you could
use the '--name' option to turn Opera Next into Opera.
Now before I tell you how you could do this let me first say that you shouldn't bother doing this! There really is no good reason to do so. If you think there is, think again.
Friday, June 3, 2011 5:49:43 PM
I started mentioning and sharing some of the packages that I have been auto-generating for my own use, hence I figured I should provide a blog post to give anyone who might stumble across them a place to comment or ask questions.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:47:26 PM
Edit: This post is old, get 11.51 instead.
I just noticed that (as I write this) the Opera SlackBuild
is a little old, since it still points to Opera 11.01 [Edit:It has been updated now!
], whilst we have released Opera 11.10 and today 11.11 (which includes an important security fix
). I'll see if there is something I can do to get this updated. In the mean time Slackware users can use my op2slk script (more info on op2slk here
) to convert one of the Opera tar packages into Slackware native format.
Monday, May 16, 2011 11:49:13 AM
In recent versions of Ubuntu Linux (or other distributions that use its kernel) the Opera crash logger no longer works out of the box, following changes made by Canonical/Ubuntu
Internally we are testing an updated version of our crash logging tool that is unaffected by these changes. We hope to provide this shortly in a forthcoming snapshot. In the mean Ubuntu users who wish to re-enable Opera crashlogging can do so via the work arounds outlined by Alex Murray on askubuntu.com
Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:42:00 PM
Lately I have made three big changes to my primary work desktop. I switched my main Linux distribution, I switched my primary working Desktop Environment and I changed the file system of my home directory.
Monday, April 4, 2011 9:34:59 AM
Recently there have been a number of Release Candidates for the upcoming Slackware version 13.37. Given that no official ISO (CD/DVD) images are made available it isn't always immediately obvious how to install the RCs. This is my personal guide, written mainly as a place to point various people who have asked me.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:52:18 PM
Automatic tab stacking will not be in the 11.10 Beta but you can simulate the behaviour via making use of another small bug (at least until we fix that bug).
Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:09:00 PM
Before I begin, I just wanted to say that I wrote the title of this blog post with a smile on my face. I smiled because I expect some people to assume I am joking or perhaps deluded. In fact the purpose of this posting is really to explain that the statement is true but it may depend on how you are choosing to define 'simple' and 'easy to use'.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:42:41 PM
Quite a while back I wrote a blog post about uninstalling Opera
. The reason I wrote it was specifically because the install.sh script included with our old Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris tar packages did not provide any method of uninstalling. This has been remedied for some time now but checking the traffic to my blog it seems that this post is still frequently read. Looking at the http referer (sic) information from the access logs I often see that people land on this page having tried to search on Google for how to delete or reset Opera's preferences. Even today for example a user searched for "Opera doesn't uninstall preferences" and landed on my post.
I suspect that the reason that this old post turns up in their search results is that near the end I also mentioned how to delete the Opera preferences. Though given the nature of the post I only explain how to do this on Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris.
Anyway, given the number of miss hits I seem to be getting I might as well say how to remove Opera preferences on all platforms. After all doing so can be useful. Often bugs or problems that people hit are related to specific preference settings and starting from scratch often quickly remedies such issues.
Friday, February 25, 2011 11:40:16 AM
We realised too many people were downloading old snapshots. Sure, some might be doing it to test or compare against old builds (which is fine) but the numbers were just a little too high. It seems that many external sites are linking directly to old builds and some users are downloading them believing they have the latest Opera. So we now move all older snapshots to an archive directory (where they can still be downloaded if needed). Only the links to whatever is currently the latest build will work directly.
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