[conspire] Free Opera Reg. Codes Today Only! Plus Usage Hints
Mark S Bilk
mark at cosmicpenguin.com
Tue Aug 30 17:46:38 PDT 2005
To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, Opera is giving away
free activation codes for their browser, including for
Linux x86/PPC/Sparc, FreeBSD, Mac, and some unmentionable OS's.
Just register with your e-mail address here and you get the
codes on the resulting web page:
Then just download the software -- the Linux version is customized
for 13 different distros plus generic statically linked deb and
The Opera browser is closed source, but it gets good reviews and
might come in handy for something.
Well, it comes in handy for seg-faulting. I installed the version
they give for SuSE 9.2 (the latest they show -- I'm running 9.3):
msb at linux:~/c> which opera
opera is /usr/bin/opera
msb at linux:~/c> opera
However, the statically linked generic rpm version (which still
requires a number of libraries) does work:
And it does take the registration code I got from the website,
eliminating ads. First thing to do is go into the preferences
and set the fonts for toolbars, dialogs, etc., to something
larger than the default; Adobe Helvetica 16 pt. works nicely
for a 1600x1200 19" screen and 60 year old eyes.
Opera's fonts are slightly jaggy compared to Firefox, which I
normally use. But it is faster than Firefox, and I've found a
use for it.
The mutt mailer needs a browser to render HTML segments, and it
needs to come up fast. Firefox takes 5 seconds, but Opera takes
only 3! (On an AMD Athlon XP 2800+.)
My .mailcap entry is:
text/html; opm %s; nametemplate=%s.html
And ~/bin/opm is:
cp $1 /tmp/foomutt.html
opera -remote "openURL(/tmp/foomutt.html,new-window)"
Replace "opera" with "firefox" in the last line to run that browser.
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