Thursday, January 08, 2009

Getting Opera browser to work in Puppy Linux

This is what I did to get Opera 10.0 working perfectly in Puppy 4.1.2 on my EeePC 901.
1. Download opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-static-qt3.i386.tar.gz from here
2. Untar with
# tar -zxvf opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-static-qt3.i386.tar.gz
cd to the opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-static-qt3.i386 directory
Then run (as root) ./
Answer "y" to any questions.
Now, if all went well, Opera 10.00 should be installed and runable by typing "opera" in a terminal.
Strangely, though, no Opera appears in the Menu.
So, go tothe ROX-Filer (File icon on Desktop), find the icon for /usr/bin/opera and drag it to the Desktop.
Now, right-click on this icon and select File /usr/bin/opera >> Set Icon. A box should open inviting you to "drop and icon here".
So, using ROX-Filer again, find /root/my-documents/opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-static-qt3.i386/usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/opera.png and drag this to the box.
And that's it. You should now have a nice large executable Opera icon on your Desktop (note, you may have to reboot before the Opera icons behave like this as the first time I tried this, I got an error stating the the icon format was not recognized -- but it worked fine after a reboot).

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