If you’ve ever noticed your user agent string before, then you may have noticed that Opera identifies as running on a generic Linux platform. This can be a bit bothersome or annoying if you’re a Linux enthusiast like me.
Opera for Windows and Mac both properly identify the platform they are installed on, but Linux is a little more challenging due to the overwhelming number of distributions. You can easily adjust your user agent string to accurately reflect your platform and help promote both Opera and your Linux distribution when you browse and post online.
To change this so that it reflects your specific platform, simply:
- Open “opera:config#ISP|Id” in a new tab.
- Enter your distribution in the blank box in the format “Distribution/Version”.
- Click the Save button and restart your browser.
This should successfully change your user agent from something generic like..
Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.6.30 Version/10.70
..to something a little more specific like..
Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu/10.10; en) Presto/2.6.30 Version/10.70
Hope that helps! You can test your updated user agent strings in the comments below since they will appear above your comment. Or you can test it out at UserAgentString.com.