In 48.0.2685.35 the option to show a real menu bar instead of that annoying start menu type menu seems to have gone AWOL, is there any way to get it back?
Downgrade back to Opera 12.16. No versions since the switch to Chromium have had such an option, and the last two updates for 12.xx versions did not include Linux.
The last update before this one that I did a month or so ago (I think anyway) had the option and it was chromium based.
Are you sure about that? I have been using opera on linux since 43 was on the developer channel and I have never seen what you say. Maybe you saw it on vivaldi...
A pic of that "menu bar" would help though.