Vorkosigan Comconsole

Vorkosigan ComConsole Net Surfer

Skin for Opera 8, 8.5 and 9 for Linux (ver. 4.9 / 5.0)

These pages have not been updated, but you are free to use the files and images if you want.

All Bujold fans have surely waited for this, a reskinned version of Opera 8 and Opera 9 with a "Vorkosigan" look.

Here are two versions of an installable Vorkosigan ComConsole skin (ver. 4.9 / 5.0) for Opera 8, 8.5 and 9.

These instructions are for Opera 8, 8.5 and 9 for Linux. It has been tested on Mandrake 10.1, but it will presumably work in a similar fashion on other Linux distributions.


View a screenshot of Vorkosigan ComConsole 4.9 for Opera 8 or Opera 9 (Smaller buttons, here without advertising banner) 800x576 or 528x380 png image.
View a screenshot of Vorkosigan ComConsole 5.0 for Opera 8 or Opera 9 (Larger buttons for use with or without text under the buttons, here without advertising banner) 800x576 or 528x380 png image.
Both Vorkosigan ComConsole 4.9 and 5.0 are suited for use with the main toolbar placed to left or right, as a sidebar. 800x576 or 528x380 png image.

NOTICE: This page has instructions for Opera 8 and Opera 9 for Linux.

If you have Opera 7.5 or an earlier version, update to Opera 9.

If you have Opera 8, 8.5 or 9 for Windows, go to the instructions for Opera 8, 8.5 and 9 for Windows.


 Instructions Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9 (Linux):

  1. If you do not already have Opera 8, 8.5 or 9, go to www.opera.com and download and install Opera.
  2. Log in as <username> and start Opera 8, 8.5 or 9. A personal Opera folder, usually named "/home/<username>/.opera/" will have been created.
    This folder is "hidden", so to see it you must choose "show hidden files" in your file manager.
  3. In the menu, click "Help" - "About Opera" and the "opera:about" page will open. Look in the section "Paths" to find the "Opera directory" (image)
    It will usually be "/home/<username>/.opera/".
  4. A subfolder to the Opera directory named "skin" is where user skin files are stored, usually "/home/<username>/.opera/skin/".
  5. Download the files vkcc49o8.zip and/or vkcc50o8.zip to this skin folder.
    Don't unzip the files!
  6. To use a Vorkosigan ComConsole skin, do like this::
    • In the menu, click "Tools" - "Appearance..." (or right-click in the toolbar and choose "Customize...").
    • In the popup dialog click the "Skin" tab, click on "vkcc49o8" or "vkcc50o8", and then click "OK".
  7. Notice: The brown and silver buttons are "Large buttons":
    • Right-click in the toolbar and choose "Customize...".
    • In the popup dialog click the "Toolbars" tab, check "Large images", and click "OK".

 Adding/removing toolbar buttons:

  1. You can add for example a "Home" button to a toolbar:
    • Right-click in the toolbar and choose "Customize toolbars...".
    • In the popup dialog click the "Buttons and fields" tab, drag a button to the toolbar, and click "OK".
      (Place your mouse pointer on the button image, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the button image to the toolbar of your choice.)
  2. To remove a button from the toolbar, right-click on the button, and in the pop-up menu, click "Remove from toolbar".

 Installing the Nexus button:

  1. Drag this "Nexus" button Nexus from this page to the toolbar.
    (Place your mouse pointer on the button image, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the button image to the toolbar of your choice.)
    I suggest placing the Nexus button to the right of the "Home" button.
  2. The "New button" dialog will pop up and ask if you want to use this button, click OK. (Image: large small)
  3. Notice: This is a new version of the nexus button, the old version (for Opera 7.5 and earlier) does not have a button image in the "vkcc49o8" and "vkcc50o8" skins for Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9.

 Other changes:

  1. Main toolbar as sidebar:
    • Go to the menu and click "View" - "Toolbars" - "Main bar" to make the main bar visible.
    • Right-click in the main toolbar and choose "Customize toolbars...".
    • In the popup dialog click the "Properties" tab, choose "Left" (or "Right") in the "placement" droplist, and then click "OK".
  2. If you like, you can make many other changes using "Tools" - "Preferences...", or by right-clicking in a toolbar and choosing "Customize toolbars...".
  3. Now your Vorkosigan ComConsole is ready for use.

 Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9 extras:

  1. You can make your Vorkosigan ComConsole even more Vorkosigan inspired if you like.
  2. Download the file o8_extra.zip and "unzip" it to a temporary folder. There should be 4 files, you will use 3 of them:
    • "banner1.gif", a Vorkosigan ComConsole advertising banner (image).
    • "banner2.gif", an alternative Vorkosigan ComConsole advertising banner (image).
    • "vkcc40.adr", a file with Vorkosigan ComConsole bookmarks.
  3. Add the Vorkosigan ComConsole bookmarks:
    • Click "Bookmarks" - "Manage bookmarks..." in the menu, and the "Bookmarks" page will open.
    • Click the "File" button and in the pop-up menu click "Import Opera bookmarks...". (Image: large small)
    • The "Select Opera bookmarks to import"" dialog will open. Navigate to the temporary folder and double-click the file "vkcc40.adr", and the Quintarian Web Browser bookmarks will be added.
    • You can now close the "Bookmarks" page.

 Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9 branding:

  1. If you want to "brand" your Opera browser as "Vorkosigan ComConsole" and change the advertising banner you have to edit the ini file.
  2. In the menu, click "Help" - "About Opera" and the "opera:about" page will open. Look in the section "Paths" - "Preferences" to find where the "opera6.ini" file is stored. (image)
    It will usually be "/home/<username>/.opera/opera6.ini".
  3. Close your Vorkosigan ComConsole (Opera 8 / 8.5 / 9), this is IMPORTANT.
  4. Open the "opera6.ini" file with a text editor.
  5. "Branding" Opera:
    • In the [User Prefs] section of the ini file might be a line like this:
      title=Opera 9.0
    • Change this line to:
      title=Vorkosigan ComConsole
    • If there is no "title=" line in the [User Prefs] section, just add it last in the [User Prefs] section.
  6. Notice: The advertising banner is not used in Opera 8.5 or Opera 9, and not in registered earlier Opera versions, and it is shown only if you have the main toolbar visible.
    • Move the files "banner1.png" and "banner2.png" from the temporary folder to the Opera directory, usually "/home/<username>/.opera/"
    • In the [User Prefs] section there might also be a line like this:
      Banner Image=<path to image>
    • Change this line to:
      Banner Image=/home/<username>/.opera/banner1.gif
      Or to:
      Banner Image=/home/<username>/.opera/banner2.gif
    • If there is no "Banner Image=" line in the [User Prefs] section, just add it last in the [User Prefs] section.
  7. Save and close your text editor.
  8. You can now restart your Vorkosigan ComConsole (Opera 8 / 8.5 / 9), it should now be branded as "Vorkosigan ComConsole", and (if you hava an ad-supported version) use the "banner1.gif" or "banner2.gif" image as default (large) advertising banner.

For a discussion of how to make a skin for Opera 7 that supports extra buttons, see this page.

Version history:

  ---   2006-06-21   Update of the instructions for Opera 9.
  ---   2005-12-05   Update of the instructions for Opera 8.5.
  5.0   2005-06-01   Update of version 4.8 for Opera 8.
  4.9   2005-06-01   Update of version 4.7 for Opera 8.
  4.8   2004-05-17   Update of version 4.6 for Opera 7.5.
  4.7   2004-05-17   Update of version 4.5 for Opera 7.5.
  ---   2003-10-21   Updated bookmarks instruction for Opera 7.2.
  ---   2003-10-04   Drag'n'drop Nexus button installation.
  ---   2003-05-14   Alternative advertising banner added.
  4.6   2003-04-12   Update of version 4.3 for Opera 7.1.
  4.5   2003-04-12   Combined version 4.2 and 4.4, updated for Opera 7.1.
  4.4   2003-02-11   A special version of 4.2, for use with the main toolbar placed to left or right, as a sidebar.
  4.3   2003-02-11   Update of version 4.1, for use with or without text under the buttons, address bar now has the same backround color as other tool bars.
  4.2   2003-02-11   Update of version 4.0, for use with or without text under the buttons, address bar now has the same backround color as other tool bars.
  4.1   2003-01-29   Variant of version 4.0, for use with text under the buttons
  4.0   2003-01-29   First release for Opera 7.0, for use without text under the buttons
  4 pr   2003-01-03   First preview release for Opera 7.0b2
  3.7   2002-11-23   Modified default advertising banner, skin image, hotlist button, and bookmark icons.
  3.1   2002-07-28   New startup screen, and an icon to be used for rebranding the title bar.
  3.0   2002-06-13   The background image and two buttons modified, to match the Mozilla 1 theme (ver. 3.0).
  2.1   2002-06-03   Modified with simplified reskinning, new buttons, new default advertising banner.
  2.0   2002-02-13   Modified with somewhat different skin image, new default advertising banner.
  1.01   2001-12-07   Minor update with better looking icon and splash screens.
  1.0   2001-12-04   First release

vkcc Go back to the Vorkosigan ComConsole main page
q5br There is also a Quintarian Web Browser for Opera.

Bo Johansson 2014-10-18

Comments welcome to bo@dendarii.com

This is a work in progress...