I have been using Firefox on this computer since my laptop died or I gave up on it rather. (There is only so much an experienced non nerd can take from Microsoft Vista.)
A Week and more back I got soe updates from Ubuntu. I have to careful with my Internet allowance and last month ran out of line time. So I haven't updated to the full new Ubuntu system. And anyway, talk about the Unity interface has put me off.
Not using Vista means my Internet time has gone a little further, it ran out in two weeks when I first bought the dongle. But I did get a lot of images downloaded.
(I learned my lesson there and go to the library for any serious research if it is graphics intensive.)
But I have never been able to install software into Ubuntu that didn't come from Canonical until today.
It seems I never had the right tool for that job until the recent update.
I can't imagine why.
So now Opera is installed. It took no seconds to download, so I must assume that when I went to the download site and tried to, my OS must have realised I already had a package. So I opened it and Ubuntu's previously unseen installation package opened the "unsafe" software.
All I had to do was insist I wanted it and put mu root passwod in (about three or four times -not sure if I was replicating a procedure.)
So now, in less time than I took to write this blog, I am about to go Opera Live.
Wish me luck.