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Apt wants to remove Opera on Xubuntu 18.04

  • I can't install Opera 50 in Ubuntu Budgie 16.04.3. Can the earlier version of Opera be installed? Which version?

  • @naseeb Please don't steal other people's unrelated topics. If you find a related topic you can post there, but this thread is not about 16.04 or installing. If you can't find a related topic then start a new one. And include all relevant details.

  • @sgunhouse I have unpacked the Opera Developer deb package and edited its control file to make Opera Developer depends from libcurl4 OR libcurl3, giving preference to libcurl4. For now, Opera Developer is working as before. I've noticed no issues yet and downloads are working fine.

  • Is this going to be fixed soon? I cannot install steam-client, transmission-remote-gtk and other software because of this issue.

  • You are asking your question in the wrong forum. Neither opera, nor steam or transmission-remote-gtk is to blame for the premature adoption of a lib from your distro.
    However, opera and steam are both closed source apps, which means that someone else than the distro maintainers has to make a patch to make it work with that lib.

    Fyi, debian (= the distro ubuntu is based on), has libcurl4 in its experimental repo., which means they still consider it unstable/unsuitable for general usage, but the ubuntu maintainers decided not only to have it in their main one for 18.04, but to build all the apps that depend on it, with it, thus making it essential part of the os. Go figure why...

  • @jimunderscorep The reason why I asked here was because of response "None of the packages which you are having an issue with are ones from the official Ubuntu archive, subsequently there is nothing we (the developers of Ubuntu) can do about this. You'll need to take up the issue with the people who develop these packages." here All applications which needed libcurl4 work fine except Opera, that and that response made me "blame" Opera. I just moved from Chrome but I am moving back because if it just does not work, then I am not gonna stick around whatever is the reason.

  • Leaving opera aside, where do you get the other packages (virtualbox, slack-desktop and transmission-remote-gtk) from? Do they come from a third party repo as well?
    Because if they come from the main one, they should already be built with libcurl4...
    They are right about the fact that opera should now be built with libcurl4 support.

    I would really love to see a reaction or a comment from those 14.04 users who complained a few weeks ago when opera 51 moved to a newer version of libdbus saying that opera devs are bad for making the change and that opera will lose users that way...

  • Hi guys, @furret29, this seems to be fixed in OPD 53.0.2900.0: "DNA-68233 [Linux] Opera browser will not install on Ubuntu 18.04, Bionic".

  • @l33t4opera Thank you.

  • The change seems to be backported in today's opera-stable 52

    $ apt-cache depends opera-stable | grep libcurl
     |Depends: libcurl3
      Depends: libcurl4
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