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Solving the problem of the Opera browser with video playback in Ubuntu and similar distributions (Linux Mint, KDE neon)

  • Linux Mint 19.3 problem fixed
    I installed the Chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package v86.0.4240.198-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 DEB File using Gdebi from this link
    https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/bionic/amd64/chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra/86.0.4240.198-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

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  • @leocg a browser that doesn't play videos is not only a issue, but a major issue. No matter if it's legal, commercial or technical.
    It's sad, I liked using Opera in my windows machine and it's a pity that you don't have a useful version on Linux.
    I'm not watching videos all the time, but it's very frustrating need to open chrome for playing a video when it's needed.
    I'm migrating back to chrome, and I'm sure that many people is doing the same.

  • @alex1real Ok, goodbye.

  • @alex1real I migrated to vivaldi on my linux mint workstation.

  • @alex1real to you and all folks here that keep complaining: Opera is a free web browser generously offered to the world by it's authors. You can't really expect, nor you should complain for missing functionality due to legal issues. Be grateful for what you got here, as it's far more than you "pay" for.

  • @xZero OK Mr Zero times by zero.

    • "@xZero to you and all folks here that keep complaining about us unthankfull deplorables: We, the common users, all know well that the deficient Who-Know-What-Its-Name (aka Crap) is a free web browser generously offered to the world by it's authors. We can really expect nothing, nor we complain for limited functionality due to unknown issues. We are more grateful for what we got here, thanks to your Sauron's vigilant Eye attitude and corrective policy attitude.
  • @xzero Thing is, my Opera (73.0.3856.344 in Ubuntu 20.04.1) seems to not be installed in /usr/lib/opera. Opening the about page in the browser informs me that it's actually installed in snap/opera/106/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera, which as it turns out it's a read-only directory.
    I later learned about the locate -b opera command, which tells me that that's the only directory that contains packages opera uses (I was expecting to find duplicates somewhere).
    Any clue what can be done here, if anything? This is my first Linux distro, I used to use Opera in Windows and loved it, hence why I'd really want to keep it now in Ubuntu, don't wanna migrate to Firefox or Chrome.

  • @zarathustra-f90
    Thank you for your help.
    It works !!!

  • @firigion My script supports overriding default directory. You just shall call it like so:

    sudo /bin/bash opera-fix-ffmpeg.sh /path/to/your-opera-installation
    

    Not sure how to work around snap Opera though. You see, snap is by default just an image that provides all dependencies to Opera. Naturally so, you cannot modify it, therefore read-only directory.

    @annevance This explains why my script doesn't work for you. I doubt any solution here will work for Snap packaged Opera, unless you can make Opera load the library from somewhere else.