opera on the $100 laptop

March 30, 2007 10:13am CST
This is a special edition of the Opera desktop version - the Opera OLPC Edition. We have been testing Opera on the OLPC laptop since we received the "lean-mean-green-machine", as some here at the office like to call it. I have been keeping both the Opera page on the OLPC Wiki as well as my own blog up-to-date about work on it. We feel the time to be ready to show you the progress we have made. A few notes about this package: This is (almost) a normal desktop build - so you can run it on any Linux box - but… …you really want to read this first, before installing it: This is a build with statically linked Qt, as are our .1 builds - but the static builds are usually made with gcc 2.95 for compatibility reasons. However, this build is made with gcc 4.1 in order to avoid a nasty issue on the laptop: the builds made with gcc 2.95 kill the machine when you run some javascript. (This one doesn't so you can turn javascript back on, if you were running without). The package ships with a custom opera6rc: ; Put any default settings here that are overridable by users [User Prefs] Force DPI=96 Show Menu=0 Minimum Font Size=12 Show panel toggle=0 Button Set=/usr/share/opera/skin/olpc_skin.zip Toolbar Configuration=/usr/share/opera/ini/olpc_toolbar.ini [Fonts] Toolbar=18,4,0,0,0,0,DejaVu LGC Sans [unknown] Panel=18,4,0,0,0,0,DejaVu LGC Sans [unknown] Dialog=18,4,0,0,0,0,DejaVu LGC Sans [unknown] If you install this package on some other Linux box than it was intended for, you might want to back up the original /etc/opera6rc first. The package comes with a custom olpc_skin.zip and a custom olpc_toolbar.ini: when installing the package, they will be preselected by default. However, when running the package directly from the tarball without installing it, both the skin and toolbar will not be applied automatically. Also, there is a bug in the Preferences dialog that prevents Opera from detecting two toolbars in the default location. Since we decided to also ship the default toolbar, this will be the only one appearing in the toolbar section in the Preferences. If you select it, there is no way in the GUI to revert to the olpc_toolbar - you'll need to copy it from the default location /usr/share/opera/ini/olpc_toolbar.ini to your profile. Note that some icons in the skin are missing. To install the build on the OLPC laptop you most likely want to grab the RPM package, then install it with rpm -i opera-9.12-20070122.10-static-qt.i386-en.rpm or the -U flag if you have installed Opera previously and you are now just upgrading. We have also uploaded tarballs and a DEB package for anybody running either some other distro on the machine, or for those that have problems to get the RPM to install. To install from the tarballs follow these instructions: $ tar jxvf opera-9.12-20070122.10-static-qt.i386-en-544.tar.bz2 $ cd opera-9.12-20070122.10-static-qt.i386-en-544 $ sudo ./install.sh Note also that we have only tested on a BTest-1 machine with default system installation - other machines than this might have their own issues. This is not a final build, but a development snapshot. And now for to the fun part: download your build, and play with it! We would very much appreciate as much feedback as possible! How does Opera run on your OLPC XO?
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@ahmar2 (685)
• Pakistan
31 Mar 07
lol can you tell me in short what yoyu want to say it is longest post I have seen.
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• India
8 Apr 07
its just the artical that i wan to others to read. they said that laptops of 100$ will contain the inbuilt opera browwser