Specifically I am working with Kubuntu 7.10 (Gusty Gibbon).
Problem: You are running the amd64 version of Ubuntu, but Opera does not appear to offer 64-bit versions of their software.
Solution: Use the latest build of Opera 9.5 (Kestrel) which I believe is currently in beta status. Here is how:
- Go to the Opera Desktop Team blog
- On the right sidebar under “LATEST SNAPSHOTS”, click the one for UNIX
- Go to the
- Download the opera .deb package
sudo dpkg --install opera*.deb
Explanation: I’m not sure why Opera tucks the 64-bit versions away instead of including them on their user-friendly download page. I know this newfangled 64-bit technology is akin to some incomprehensible alien FTL space drive, but these processors have been out for several years.
During my web searching, I had to filter through a number of hacky solutions that all involved shoehorning the 32-bit version of Opera into the 64-bit OS. At last I saw a forum post where someone linked to an Opera FTP directory containing 64-bit packages. Hopefully my solution describes how to get the latest and greatest 64-bit Opera for Ubuntu – at least until Opera finally offers it officially.
UPDATE: as the disclaimers suggest, the development builds of Opera are not entirely stable. My favorite “known issue” is this:
- Plug-ins crash Opera on UNIX/Linux.
Maybe it’s time to try stapling the 32-bit version onto my system…