Ubuntu: Opera demanding that I upgrade to use VPN, but Opera already in the newest version


Right now on Opera with my Ubuntu 14.04 it says it is version 45.0.2552.898.

Then it says

Browser upgrade required

VPN is unsupported on your current version of Opera. Please upgrade to the newset version of Opera to continue using the VPN service.

However, in About Opera, it also says

45.0.2552.898 - Opera is up to date

I've tried removing and installing via apt-get again but it get

Setting up opera-stable (45.0.2552.898)

I've also tried downloading the DEB and RPM files from opera.com but they also are this same version.

Any ideas what is going on or how to solve it?


If you are running 14.04 release of 32-bit system, the "About Opera" page will indeed look like this:

Version: 45.0.2552.898 - Opera is up to date

Update stream: Stable

System: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (x86; XFCE)

Most recent discussion dated November 2017, was found as this thread on Opera forums, which gives a direct answer from a moderator.

Nope, support for Linux 32 bits has been ended.

For official information, this dated post "Frequently-asked questions about Opera for Linux" in late December 2014 on Opera blogs that mentioned only 64-bit Opera is provided for recent releases.

Is Opera available for 32-bit Linux?

The latest stable version of Opera for Linux is 64-bit only, based on what most Linux desktop users have installed. However we have developer versions of 32-bit Opera^1.

^1 This link points to another dated post featuring Opera Developer 30 in 2015. Link has been quoted anyway, since the post mentioned the decline usage of 32-bit Linux systems.

The "Browser upgrade required" restriction seems to be added recently. I was still able to use VPN service from Opera for Linux until end of 2017.

Anyway, recent versions of Opera for Linux is for 64-bit systems only.


Looks like it is relatively easy to get to the latest stable release of Opera under Ubuntu 14.04 and version 50.0.2762.45 certainly has a working VPN on my system. Add the following PPA and install opera-stable:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'   wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install opera-stable  

This worked fine on my Ubuntu 14.04 system as the following screenshot demonstrates:

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And another screenshot showing the VPN at work:

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