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Cannot install Opera on Xubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.

  • I tried to use Gdebi, then command line dpkg, then Software Installer (really bad in 18.04), total failure to install.
    Gdebi posted an error message:

    Same Version is available in a software channel
    You are recommended to install the software from the channel instead.

    Opera has the best print utility of all and built-in VPN and that is why it is my go-to browser. The latest upgrade in 18.04 killed Opera however, and I cannot reinstall Opera.

    Help.

  • The error message says you can install it from their repository - did you try that?

  • @sgunhouse
    I cannot find the Opera repository. I tried

    sudo aptitude install opera
    sudo aptitude install opera-stable
    sudo aptitude install opera-browser

    but could not discover any repository.

    The Opera website offers no help at all beyond downloading the .deb file for installation.

    Gdebi does not post an error message, it simply crashes.
    On closer examination, Gdebi says four packages must be uninstalled and libcurl3 installed. I manually removed the offending four and installed libcurl3, but Gdebi still crashes instead of installing Opera stable.

  • @sgunhouse Linux/Ubuntu does not carry any support for Opera

  • First of all, from the 3 commands you tried, provided that opera's repo was available , because it isn't as it seems, and depending on what the packages are really named

    • the first one would install the old presto opera
    • the second one would install the stable version of the new, chromium-based opera
    • and the third would pop an error that there is not package with that name.

    Second, download the deb package from here
    https://www.opera.com/download/get/?partner=www&opsys=Linux

    and install it with dpkg -i like so
    dpkg -i opera-stable_somenumbershere_amd64.deb

    If dpkg complains about missing dependecies, install them with
    sudo apt-get install -f

    If it still complains about libcurl4, blame the distro's maintainers that decided to have libcurl4 by default on a so-called lts version of the distro.

  • If Gdebi is installed on you Linux machine. Just download latest Opera.deb and double klick on it, like a Setup.exe on Windows.