As momentum was building for Firefox 3, I started to hear good things about Opera 9.51. When I ran into performance issues on Firefox and the XO, I decided to give Opera a try. Some thought I was crazy since, as Arne mentioned, the XO can be a bit slow. Yes, the XO laptop is a different environment than most other computers out there, and Opera has turned out to be an improvement.
To set up Opera on the XO, I began by downloading from the Opera web site. I selected
Opera 9.51 for Linux i386, selected
RedHatas the distribution in the drop down menu, then I selected
RedHat 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9and checked the box to
Download this package in TAR.GZ format. Whew.
Next, unpack the archive using
tar zxvf opera-9.51.gcc4-static-qt3.i386.tar.gzand then run
install.sh -sFrom there, you can just type
operaon the command line in the terminal to start it up.