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Issues with Opera running on GNU/Linux

  • I have tried running this on Xubuntu and ArchLabs (not to be confused with Arch Linux (all though ArchLabs is based on Arch Linux)) and there are issues when running YouTube videos on it. When I press the full screen button, then the window becomes smaller and when I click on the fullscreen button then it becomes fullscreen. Plus not all videos run. On ArchLabs specifically (not too sure about Xubuntu as I have not yet encountered with it) I get this error message that says something like the browser does not support it or something.

  • There are several topics about the video playing issues in Opera for Linux.

  • On xubuntu install chromium ffmpeg codecs and chromium ffmpeg codecs extra to get that precious h264 support.
    On archlabs... there is no solution. The aur hosts some packages named "opera ffmpeg codecs" but they are only for the beta and developer editions only, not for the stable one.

    As for the why you should do this, please read the post on my signature.

    This repo here has opera ffmpeg codecs as an arch package, in its "blackeagle-pre-community" section

  • @jimunderscorep WHy isn't this stuff preinstalled into Opera?

  • Because it requires a license.

  • Because some formats like h264 are not royalty free and opera does not have the licence to use them. If you don't mind, please search my messages on what other major browsers do so as to play these formats.

    For the distros you use, ubuntu builds chromium ffmpeg codecs with h264 support and opera devs make opera look for that "better version" of libffmpeg.
    For arch, which does not build chromium ffmpeg codecs at all, some guy out there compiles the entire 500+mb source package of chrome and makes his own libffmpeg with support for all formats, names it opera ffmpeg codecs and puts it in his repo.

    By the way, the opera ffmpeg codecs package was removed from the "blackeagle-pre-community" section of the repo, probably because it will be moved to the "herecura" one.