Trying to Figure Out How Long Time Linux Users See That This Makes Seance.
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Distribution: Windows 7, 10, Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa Fresh; Debian- Mint 18- Salix- Slackel if they worked
After I installed (what the Mint team calls) "the same" browser, the first thing I get was a big button that gives a choice to update to the latest browser. This backs up my original question. I think V.12 is different then V.39, Opera thinks it different, but experienced Linux users say it's the same.
Coming from a windows background, I would think that;
Opera Browser Version 39
Opera Browser Version 12.16 are different versions.
It doesn't need any windows-background or linux-foreground to comprehend that 39 and 12.16 are two different values --be they standing for a version or variable. It only needs common sense.
Obviously, someone at Linux Mint has these the same versions. They know more about it then I do.
What makes you think he knows more than you do? (or did you comprehend what he actually said?)
It makes me wonder, in all your linux training, what makes you see that version "39" is the same as "12.16?"
What do you mean by in all your linux training?
Most users (even advanced users) do not receive any training. Gnu/Linux using is just a matter of reading. An average IQ might look what seems insurmountable challenges at getting Gnu/Linux to run for a long while; the above average is entertained by riddles; and the bright plays it like a toy.
Some of us are not trained to use distro-built browser. (I always go to the developer site at need, download, build and install it myself, or get their binary if I am in a hurry.)
Nor are we trained to use Opera. (I use GNU/Icecat. I don't even use Firefox!)
Contrasting between subjects, the one "coming from windows background" and those who belong to the pronoun you in "your linux training" comes as a slight to some who are able to discern the unspoken insult alluded by the obvious mockery of "39 = 12.16".
Whatever help given by anyone here, it remains your responsibility to clear up a muddled thinking.
Your elocution I go to the web page then I go to the Software Manager betrays a cranky english. I can easily give compassion to such poverty of lingual skill; but drastic generalization of "you" is hardly pardonable in the absence of need to slight anyone if you did not comprehend the "readme.txt" correctly. We are not paid helpers here, and to avoid getting spanked better be polite to the best of your tongue.
Don't use a developer version if you can hardly get what is written on the "readme" text. Use a stable version.
apt-cache policy opera
700 http://extra.linuxmint.com/ rebecca/main amd64 Packages
It can be safely inferred that the number 12.16 (capitalized by the OP as an intellectual issue against linux training) is not an Opera version but an LM package build internal repository version. In short: the matter in issue raised is just a point of simple thinking-while-reading.
I hope this explanation disentangles the OP from the confusion.
thank you malekmustaq for post #5.
you properly analyzed & put into words where i'd have been too lazy & simply annoyed at op.
i might add that the original post is full of polemics and simplifications that need clarification, if this is to be anything but a rant --- or an unjustified and somewhat paranoid assumption that all linux "experts" go to bed together.
Opera 39 is the latest or close to the latest Windows version. A bit of history.
About the time Opera 12.xx was released, Opera had a management shake-up. The primary founder and guiding spirit of Opera was sacked and Opera's philosophy changed. You can see the new direction by comparing the configurability of the latest Opera for Windows with that of Opera 12.xx for Linux.
As part of the direction change, the new Opera management deferred any development of new Linux versions while they worked on bowdlerizing the Windows version.
I used Opera for almost 15 years on Windows and for the entire time I used Linux--up to that point. It was my go-to browser on Windows, Linux, and Android. When I saw the new direction, I stopped using it. I have not followed it to know whether the current Opera maintainers have released an updated version for Linux, because I don't care about Opera any more.
There is Vivaldi, the latest project of Opera's founder. It's not fully developed, but it is in the Mint repos.