Quintarian Web Browser

Quintarian Web Browser

Skin for Opera 8, 8.5 and 9 for Linux (ver. 2.5)

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 "Chalion" look.

Here is an installable Quintarian Web Browser skin (ver. 2.5) for Opera 8 and Opera 9.

These instructions are for Opera 8 and Opera 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 Quintarian Web Browser 2.5 for Opera 8 and 8.5 800x576 or 528x380 png image.

NOTICE: This page has instructions for Opera 8, Opera 8.5 and Opera 9 for Linux.

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

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


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

  1. If you do not already have Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9, go to www.opera.com and download and install Opera 9.
  2. Log in as <username> and start Opera. 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 file q5br25o8.zip to this skin folder.
    Don't unzip the file!
  6. To use this Quintarian 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 "q5br25o8", and then click "OK".
  7. Notice: The Quintarian 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...".
    • In the popup dialog click the "Buttons" 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 "q5br25o8" skin 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...".
    • In the popup dialog click the "Toolbars" 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...".
  3. Now your Quintarian Web Browser is ready for use.

 Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9 extras:

  1. You can make your Quintarian Web Browser even more Quintarian inspired if you like.
  2. Download the file o8extra.zip and "unzip" it to a temporary folder. There should be 4 files, you will use 3 of them:
    • "banner1.gif", a Quintarian Web Browser advertising banner (image).
    • "banner2.gif", an alternative Quintarian Web Browser advertising banner (image).
    • "vkcc40.adr", a file with Quintarian Web Browser bookmarks.
  3. Add the Quintarian Web Browser 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 "Quintarian Web Browser" 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 Quintarian Web Browser (Opera 8 / 8.5), 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 8.51
    • Change this line to:
      title=Quintarian Web Browser
    • 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 Quintarian Web Browser (Opera 8 / Opera 8.5 / Opera 9), it should now be branded as "Quintarian Web Browser", 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 and 8 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.
  2.5   2005-06-01   Update of version 2.4 for Opera 8.
  2.4   2004-05-17   Update of version 2.3 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.
  2.3   2003-04-12   Update of version 2.2 for Opera 7.1.
  2.2   2003-02-11   Update of version 2.0 and 2.1 for use with or without text under the buttons, address bar now has same backround as other tool bars.
  2.1   2003-01-28   Variant of version 2.0, for use with text under the buttons
  2.0   2003-01-28   First release for Opera 7.0, for use without text under the buttons
  2 pr   2003-01-03   First preview release for Opera 7.0b2

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

Bo Johansson 2014-10-18

Comments welcome to bo@dendarii.com

This is a work in progress...