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Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby iteration on Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:34 pm

The machine - 7 year old HP laptop, Pentium 4 dual-core 3 Ghz, 2GB RAM.
The OS - LMDE 32 bit gnome 2.32; The software - Opera 11.52.

The problem; a little history. Firefox 5, then in desperation 7.0.1 slowed the machine to a crawl, so I installed Chromium and Opera.

Chromium worked fast but blocked a lot of sites for no discernable reason, and didn't have 'print preview' as far as I could tell. Both Firefox and Chromium have 'check if this is the default browser / set as default'.

I can't find a similar thing for Opera. I've now purged Firefox and Chromium, leaving only Opera, but when I click on a link in e-mail, it won't send the link to the browser, up and running or not. Suggestions?
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Re: Opera as default browser

Postby lmintnewb on Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:23 am

Dunno if this applies, don't have lmde installed myself. Found via a quick forum search though and summin for you to try ?

Taken from a post by zole052.
Menu > Preferences > Preferred Applications
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Re: Opera as default browser

Postby ThistleWeb on Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:19 am

I did a quick tutorial in forcing a default browser a little while back.

http://thistleweb.co.uk/blog/18/10/2011/properly-setting-default-web-browser
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Re: Opera as default browser

Postby iteration on Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:03 pm

@lmintnewb - Thanks. That did the trick. @thistleweb, thanks for the tutorial.
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby craigevil on Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:40 am

Hm Firefox 7..0.1 runs just fine on my ancient laptop.
System: Host: debian Kernel: 3.0.0-2-486 i686 (32 bit) Desktop KDE 4.6.5 Distro: Debian GNU/Linux wheezy/sid
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: ATI Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]

To set default browser in Debian as root run:
Code: Select all
update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

Default browser - MozillaZine Knowledge Base - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_browser#Debian

Gnome and KDE also have a setting that can be changed in the Control Panel/System Settings.
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby ThistleWeb on Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:48 am

craigevil wrote:Hm Firefox 7..0.1 runs just fine on my ancient laptop.
System: Host: debian Kernel: 3.0.0-2-486 i686 (32 bit) Desktop KDE 4.6.5 Distro: Debian GNU/Linux wheezy/sid
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: ATI Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]

To set default browser in Debian as root run:
Code: Select all
update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

Default browser - MozillaZine Knowledge Base - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_browser#Debian

Gnome and KDE also have a setting that can be changed in the Control Panel/System Settings.


You didn't even click on my tutorial did you? It uses two variables, some apps use one, some use the other, so changing one doesn't affect any apps that call the other. It's also noting to do with how well Firefox or any other application runs on your system or the spec of it.
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby craigevil on Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:07 pm

ThistleWeb wrote:
craigevil wrote:Hm Firefox 7..0.1 runs just fine on my ancient laptop.
System: Host: debian Kernel: 3.0.0-2-486 i686 (32 bit) Desktop KDE 4.6.5 Distro: Debian GNU/Linux wheezy/sid
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium M (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: ATI Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]

To set default browser in Debian as root run:
Code: Select all
update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

Default browser - MozillaZine Knowledge Base - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_browser#Debian

Gnome and KDE also have a setting that can be changed in the Control Panel/System Settings.


You didn't even click on my tutorial did you? It uses two variables, some apps use one, some use the other, so changing one doesn't affect any apps that call the other. It's also noting to do with how well Firefox or any other application runs on your system or the spec of it.


Actually it does have to do with how well it runs, according to the OP:
The machine - 7 year old HP laptop, Pentium 4 dual-core 3 Ghz, 2GB RAM.
The OS - LMDE 32 bit gnome 2.32; The software - Opera 11.52.

The problem; a little history. Firefox 5, then in desperation 7.0.1 slowed the machine to a crawl, so I installed Chromium and Opera
The brought up his system specs, no reason Firefox or Chrome wouldn't work just fine unless there was a video driver issue, or flash causing the slow down.

why would I bother to look at a tutorial? The Debian wiki has this issue covered.
HOWTO/DefaultWebBrowser - Debian Wiki - http://wiki.debian.org/HOWTO/DefaultWebBrowser

And yes there are two settings x-www-browser and gnome-www-browser.
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby Inemuri on Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:03 am

I was having the same problem on Mint 12.

I changed the default to Opera for x-www-browser and gnome-www-browser, but Thunderbird still opened links in Firefox.

The final thing I needed to change was in Menu -> System Tools -> System Settings -> System Info -> Default Applications
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby AnSnarkista on Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:43 pm

Hi! I know its solved, but i have a problem (serious one I think...jeje).

I've done all those solutions. Trying galternatives and both options of update-alternatives command, I have /opt/firefox/firefox selected, search for gnome-default-applications-properties (old Prefferred Applications), but no luck. Finally, I've tried to change the options in gnome-control-center > System Settings > Default applications, but in the Web option, there is only 2 options, Chromium, and Epiphany...no more options given...and i want to use Firefox...
This is the only option that I change, and take effect, but there's no option for Firefox! and its installed...

I've look also Firefox settings, and it says that is the default web browser, and in Pidgin preferences, it says (on the Browser settings), that it's managed by Gnome settings, and then, that no brwoser settings are found...

I don't know what to do, and it's annoying to open a Chromium or Epiphany window, only for watching a link...

Thanks!
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Re: Opera as default browser <SOLVED>

Postby iteration on Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:10 pm

I have yet to dip my toe into the gnome 3 waters, so I wouldn't know where to begin. Your predecessors reply worked for me in gnome 2 with update 3.
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