Vivaldi 1.4 Released – A Modern Classic Web Browser for Power-Users

Vivaldi is a Chromium/Blink engine based web browser with very appealing interface. The browser is tab based thus allowing user to open multiple tabs and switch between them using input devices. The browser is...

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Vivaldi is a Chromium/Blink engine based web browser with very appealing interface. The browser is tab based thus allowing user to open multiple tabs and switch between them using input devices. The browser is designed to fit all the open tabs in one windows.

About Vivaldi

In the year 1994, two programmers Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Geir Ivarsøy started working on a project. Their idea was to develop a web browser that could run really fast on low hardware. This led to the birth of Opera web browser.

Opera later become famous as an important web browser. Group grew into community. Community stayed close to their users using My Opera. My opera served (Yeah correct! It was shut down later) as virtual community for Opera web browser users. My opera offered services like blogs, photo albums, email service, My Opera Mail, etc. Later My Opera was shut and opera changed it’s direction.

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner was not satisfied by this decision believing that opera browser was what the community wanted. Hence Tetzchner launched Vivaldi community and The Vivaldi web browser was born.

Features of Vivaldi

  1. Minimalistic interface with basic icons and fonts.
  2. Browser color is based on background and elements of web page visited.
  3. It is a freeware but not Opensource. To understand it you may assume free as in beer and not in speech.
  4. Quick Commands : For those who prefer keyboard as input over other input devices, this feature lets user to search through various settings, tabs, bookmarks and history with a keyboard shortcut. This feature aims at allowing users to create their custom commands and run them as and when required.
  5. Notes : This feature allows user to take notes while browsing and add screenshots. The notes will keep track of the website you were browsing while taking notes. Moreover you can add tags to the notes and organize so that it can be find later.
  6. Speed Dials : A graphical blocks of favorite sites grouped together so that you can access them from a single window. The most powerful fact of this feature is you can add a folder to speed dial as well.
  7. Tab Stacks : Group multiple tabs together using tab stack so that when an end user is working with too many unorganized tabs, things are not messy. This feature makes it possible to group multiple tabs into single thus organizing your work.
  8. Built on Web Technologies : The building blocks of Vivaldi is unique in the sense that it is developed using web for web. The building blocks viz., Node.js – to browse, HTML5, JavaScript and ReactJS for user interface is enough to tell that the website is promising.
  9. Higher level of customization : User can disable tab stacking, place tab bar at top/bottom left/right and change tab cycling order.
  10. Site info : This feature provides you with the details of cookies and site data as well as let you view connection information, a security measure implementation.


After a months of development, long preview session and “millions” of downloads, finally the Vivaldi browser released its stable version 1.4 and comes with many features such as browser speed dial, custom themes, themes scheduling, custom notes, custom search support, improved tabbing and a variety of other features.

Installation of Vivaldi Browser in Linux

The Vivaldi web browser is available for all major platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux. It can be downloaded from the link below. Choose package as per your Linux distribution and architecture.

  1. https://vivaldi.com/#Download

Alternatively, you may use following wget command to download and install Vivaldi on your Linux distributions as shown below.

On RedHat/CentOS/Fedora
---------------------- On 32-Bit System ----------------------
# wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable-1.4.589.11-1.i386.rpm # rpm -ivh vivaldi-stable-1.4.589.11-1.i386.rpm
---------------------- On 64-Bit System ----------------------
# wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable-1.4.589.11-1.x86_64.rpm # rpm -ivh vivaldi-stable-1.4.589.11-1.x86_64.rpm
On Debian/Ubuntu/Mint
---------------------- On 32-Bit System ----------------------
# wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.4.589.11-1_i386.deb
# dpkg -i vivaldi-stable_1.4.589.11-1_i386.deb
---------------------- On 64-Bit System ----------------------
# wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.4.589.11-1_amd64.deb
# dpkg -i vivaldi-stable_1.4.589.11-1_amd64.deb

Testing Vivaldi

The user interface seems lucid and clear.

Vivaldi Welcome Screen

Vivaldi Welcome Screen

A folder based speed dial that contains similar type tabs and dials grouped together. Nice implementation from opera.

Vivaldi Speed Dials

Vivaldi Speed Dials

Loading of a web page was smooth. The page loaded with all the text, images and ads without truncation.

Vivaldi Performance Testing

Vivaldi Performance Testing

Take notes and add screenshot to it. The piece of code is intelligent enough to remember the website you were visiting while adding notes.

Vivaldi Taking Notes and Website Screenshots

Vivaldi Taking Notes and Website Screenshots

Bookmarks – save the sites you want to refer to, later or your frequently visited sites.

Vivaldi Bookmarks

Vivaldi Bookmarks

Vivaldi – about us

About Vivaldi Web Browser

About Vivaldi Web Browser

Bug I faced

When I tried to close the application using close button, it didn’t work for some reason (don’t know why). So I went to files and then clicked EXIT.

Conclusion

The project is promising. The glimpse of what it can do in the first release is very lucid. It’s fast as chrome having the legacy of Opera. Its features like taking notes and adding screenshot while browsing and others will make this browser very handy. Very sure this will give tough competition to other web browsers in the market.

I was using chrome primarily (because of chrome speed) and Firefox at second place (since it has a lot of plugins and extension support) for some dedicated task but I must say I will have a Vivaldi launcher in my docky from now. Its just Awesome. You should try Vivaldi web browser if you want to get something new. Vivaldi will change the way of surfing Internet for sure. Keep connected. Keep Commenting!

Reference Links

Join the Community – https://vivaldi.net/en-US/
Submit Bug Reports – https://www.vivaldi.com/bugreport.html

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