A web browser is simply an application or software that is used to access the World Wide Web or websites. There are different types of browsers available. The most common include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Brave, Safari, and many more.

Many people while looking for the best browser for their devices have mainly two things in mind, Speed and Privacy. Another option would be storage where some browsers are relatively lightweight and others use up more resources.

Here we are going to talk about Brave and Opera Browser.

Brave

Brave browser is a free, fast, chromium-based browser. It is lightweight and mainly focuses on privacy and ad-block features.

Some of its features include;

  • Easy switching from your old browser to Brave.
  • Loads page faster primarily due to ads being blocked.
  • Brave Rewards, earn by viewing private ads.
  • Improved Security like built-in Password Manager.
  • Supports Chrome’s Extension.
  • Make a Playlist.
  • Add Bookmarks.
  • IPFS integration.

Opera

Opera browser is also a free, faster, and smarter, chromium-based web browser. 

Its features include;

  • Integrated messages.
  • Twitter, Instagram and Player on the sidebar.
  • Ad Blocker.
  • Video pop out while you browse.
  • Free VPN.
  • Import bookmarks.
  • Unit Converter for time zones.
  • Snapshot Tool to edit and share snapshots.

In this guide, I will show you how to;

  • Install Brave and Opera Browser on KDE Neon and Kubuntu.
  • Customize themes.
  • Import bookmarks.

Install Brave/Opera Browser on KDE Neon|Kubuntu

First, update the package index and if there are any upgrades to be made, use

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y  (Kubuntu)

We first have to install dependencies that assist us in installing the Brave Package.

Install curl to allow apt over HTTPS.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

The output is as follows

Now using the curl command, import the official GPG key for Brave repository to your system.

sudo curl -fsSLo /usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg

Then add the brave repository to your sources.list directory.

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/brave-browser-archive-keyring.gpg arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ stable main"|sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release.list

Update the package index, then install the brave browser.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y brave-browser

It will install smoothly as follows.

You can launch the browser from the apps by searching it.

Or from the terminal using

brave-browser

Either way, it opens as below.

Continue with the guide to import bookmarks. If you don’t have any to import, you have the option of skipping the tour.

After the tour, The Browser opens as follows.

You can also change the theme of the browser by going to “brave://settings/appearance“.

And with that, you have your Brave Browser installed in your system.

Install Opera on Kubuntu|= / KDE Neon

After updating the package index, use the following command to add the official GPG key of the Opera repository.

wget -qO- https://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Next, use the following command to add the official Opera repository to your system

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=i386,amd64] https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free"

The output is as follows

Next, update the package index then install Opera browser.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y opera-stable

The installation is as follows.

You will be prompted by a package configuration, select ‘Yes’ to continue with the installation.

You can launch the browser from the apps

Or from the terminal using

opera

It opens as below. You can see the sidebar with shortcuts to chat messengers like Instagram and WhatsApp.

You can change the theme to Dark. Click on The hamburger menu on the top-right of the browser to change the theme.

Conclusion

From this guide, you have learned to install Brave and Opera browser on Kubuntu|KDE Neon. Both browsers are free and cross-platform and very much compatible with both Linux Distributions. You can select any with regards to your needs. Brave has fast speed and high performance while Opera has a speed dial and sidebar that has shortcuts to commonly used chat applications.

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