If you are like me, you are passionate about your browser preferences. Lately, I have been installing Opera 9.25 as my browser of choice. To make it the preferred web browser in Gnome, follow along as I install the browser on a RHEL 4 system.
Opera does a good job making the install distribution specific for 13 distributions. Some generic class distributions are also available. I choose to install via the .rpm file for convenience. I download and run the small 5 MB opera-9.25-20071214.5-shared-qt.i386-en.rpm file.
Opera requires a few dependancies during the install, such as libstdc++.so.5, that may not be available on all distributions. For my RHEL 4.6 system, I had to provide disc 2 of the installation to satisfy the Opera requirements. After that small administrative task, Opera is ready to go in my Gnome environment:
Now that Opera is installed, right-click the generic web browser icon, and by selecting properties, change the settings to use Opera as the default web browser. In the Launcher properties window, set the command to ‘opera’ and change the name to Opera Browser. The Gnome environment will also replace the generic web icon with the slick Opera ‘O’ which looks much better.