@jimunderscorep Thanks a lot for the answer.
It's kinda strange that Opera, a Chromium spin, would have that behavior while Vivaldi and Brave, also Chromium spins, would not, not to mention Chromium itself.
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Opera opens in a smaller size, smaller than the screen. I've recently installed a number of browsers to test them -- Opera, Vivaldi, Otter, and Brave, all on Linux Mint -- but none of the others have this behavior. I removed the four extensions I was using, but that had no effect. There must be a setting that controls this, but I cannot find it.
@kitwar Maybe, but I doubt it, given that I have blocked third-party cookies, chose settings to delete all cookies and history when I close the browser, and installed uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, and Privacy Badger. I just checked my cookies and the only ones present are from this session. It's probably fingerprinting, given that I do not listen to popular music and my DSL ISP gives IP addresses within a narrow range.
@leocg Thanks for the reply. I read that, but it doesn't specifically address my issue. As I said before, Linux Mint states in its release notes that Ubuntu telemetry is disabled, with Linux Mint being a spin of Ubuntu. Similarly, Opera is a Chromium spin. That Reddit thread I referenced includes the assertions of a few people who claimed that Chromium phones home to Google every time it is opened and also every now and then to verify if Chrome extensions are current. The IP address is passed along, at a minimum.
Also, it would seem that if a user installs "Install Chrome Extensions," then regular communication with Google would be conducted. though there is a simple fix for that: don't install it or Chrome extensions.
I never use Google search. I use a variety of browsers, including Opera and Firefox, but never Chrome. I never surf while being logged into any website. But Google still remembers my old searches on Youtube even though I never use it while logged in.
Reddit users noted that Chromium checks in with Google's mothership, thought it's unknown what data is communicated other than the IP address. Opera is based on Chromium, but just as Linux Mint disabled Ubuntu's telemetry, it could have disabled Google's data-mining. What does Opera do in this respect?
For a few versions of Opera I have been unable to find the update button. I cannot see it in Settings or anywhere else. I have multiple PCs and the ones with 35 claim in About Opera that it is up to date, but of course that's not true now. It's probably some obscure shortcut, e.g. Shift-Alt-hittheroadjack. So far I have uninstalled the old software and installed the new, but that's gotten old. Please tell how to find the update button.
Here are the details:
Error: INVALID:opera-stable-35.0.2066.92-0.x86_64 (file-e30efb8b): Signature verification failed [4-Signatures public key is not available]
Header V4 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID f6d61d45: NOKEY
Header SHA1 digest: OK (64a505fa958cf3d7705b158b4febc24f4320da89)
V4 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID f6d61d45: NOKEY
MD5 digest: OK (3af9cc239f54517c7cf99e40a670714c)
It appears to be a public key issue with Opera.
I'm playing with openSUSE. I just built a new system of Leap 42.1. Then I downloaded the RPM version of Opera and tried to install it, but I got the message: "Package opera-stable is broken, integrity check has failed." The hardware is Intel, only five years old. Any ideas?
Thanks to lando242 and lestalia for the responses. That's great, I can use 12.17 for most things and the current version for the troublemakers.
I have a system running Vista which I use for certain things. I installed 12.17 and set the update policy to Never, but then discovered that websites would often not function properly. I think it's more of a Vista thing than a 12.17 thing. So I downloaded and installed the current Opera, expecting my 12.17 installation to disappear. However, to my delight, both 12.17 and the latest version continued to work. Are there any gotchas with running two versions on one PC? I'd like to duplicate this on my W-7 systems which only have 12.17. I suspect it is better to first install 12.17, then the latest.
Thanks for the response, stng. I should have mentioned that this is a new installation of 12.17 with a new user (me). I will investigate the zoom default, as that sounds like a solution. I like how you described 12.17 as the "real Opera."
cozza wrote "(via the heart icon) it also added a link to the bookmarks"
There are four icons on each bookmark, from left to right at the top: check mark, pen, eight dots, and X. The eight dots are the same ones shown next to Speed Dial at the bottom of the page (I tried to represent them here, but this forum does not understand WYSIWYG). If those eight dots are a heart then I'm Kim Kardashian. And on my PC, no additional links are added anywhere except for Speed Dial, which was the whole point.
threatdown wrote "you can just Drag and Drop (or Copy and Paste) items into the Speed Dial folder"
You mean, on the folder of the bookmark I want to copy to Speed Dial, I click and hold the mouse and drag it to the Speed Dial icon at the bottom of the page and then release the mouse button? All that does is move the bookmark to the end of the list.
Well, the links look much better than they used to, but now I must bring the webpage up and then add it to Speed Dial. Sorry, that's not an improvement. Not to mention the fact that my older PCs still have the Add To Speed Dial button (I just checked), so there is a distinct difference between systems which have been updated to the current version and ones freshly built with the current version. Bad software, bad.
Up until recently I could click on a link in my bookmarks, on the second icon from the top-right (Add To Speed Dial), to add it to Speed Dial. Sometime in the recent past that changed. I just built a new PC and that button is now history (on 32.0.1948.44, W-7 64-bit). Besides the Add button on Speed Dial which I don't like because of how the links look, how do I add links to Speed Dial now?
Today I started Opera and was notified that a new version had been installed. But then I started amazon.com and saw in a new bar at the top, "Get special offers with the Amazon 1Button App," with two options: "Install now" and "No thanks."
@lando242, thanks for the heads-up. Every forum is different and I assumed that this was a mixed group.
@leocg, I do not see a way to delete the Google search from Speed Dial. The other icons have an 'X' inside a circle just outside the lower-right corner, but the Google search does not. I also do not see a way in Settings to do it. What am I missing?
I ask for one of three things to be added to Opera:
a home button that works like IE or Firefox, transporting the user to the default search engine,
a keyboard shortcut to perform the above function (I did not see one in the help file), or
the option to replace the Google search text field with one tied to the default search engine.