A new browser is on the market. Vivaldi is a web browser based on Chromium / Blink (A project from Google), especially created for users who "have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen" and for better performance than the existing browsers Chromium and Chrome. The browser is started by Vivaldi Technologies, whose chief executive and founder is John von Tetzchner, the former CEO of Opera. Vivaldi is currently supported on Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.
Vivaldi is currently offered as a tech preview and it's powered by Chromium with a number of features that reminisce Opera's glory days, among them are the speed dial and mouse gestures.
"Most browser makers in the market are trying to make a limited browser, maybe with extensions. But that is not what everyone wants," von Tetzchner said. "As an example, there are still about 20 million people still using Opera 12, even though that browser is more than three years old. There is a need for a browser for the tech user, the user that wants more from their browser."
The story behind the story: Vivaldi appears to be an attempt by Tetzchner and his team to remake what they believe Opera should've been. Before it became a browser, Vivaldi was an online community for dispossessed Opera users after Opera Software shut down its community site in late 2013. Vivaldi, the browser, also contains many Opera-like traits including Speed Dial, a built-in mail client (still under development), and built-in note taking.
Von Tetzchner isn't the only former Opera employee at Vivaldi. "There are about 25 people at Vivaldi, while the technical team is 18 people. Half of them are former Opera people," he said. The initial browser runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. Mobile versions will follow, but Vivaldi doesn't have details yet, von Tetzchner added.
The initial browser runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. Mobile versions will follow, but Vivaldi doesn't have details yet, von Tetzchner added.
It aims to bring the quality of Opera 12.x, all with a modern look and various optimizations to make web surfing easier and faster. Vivaldi has a modern graphical interface that includes a customizable toolbar tabs with integrated menu, the sidebar in which we can quickly access bookmarks, download manager , email client (not currently available), contacts etc.
Note also the tab bar, the color of which changes according to the default color of the website (for example, we will have linoxide site as blue color), features that we can still turn on or off in the preferences of Vivaldi. As for Opera, also in Vivaldi we can find the speed Dial, previews of the tab and trash to restore recently closed tabs, below we also find the zoom controls in the next updates will also provide synchronization of bookmarks, passwords and settings, and new dedicated extensions.
While the browser is pretty limited for now, it should include quite a few extra features coming in the future like mail, sync, spatial navigation, greater performance, extensions, and other community-based features.
Download Vivaldi web browser
Vivaldi is currently available on Technical Preview only. You can download and install Vivaldi on Apple's Mac, MS Windows and Linux. There is only 64 bit version of Debian and RPM package available for now.
Note that for now, you'll have to update Vivaldi manually however, the deb includes some code which indicates that in the future, you'll be able to update Vivaldi via its own Debian/Ubuntu repository.
Download Vivaldi (available for Linux - 64bit deb and rpm, Windows and Mac)
To install it on Ubuntu, follow the link, click "Download Now" and click on "Linux deb (Ubuntu/Debian)", the open with dialog will open, you can let it open with software-center so you can install it easily:
This will open the Ubuntu Software Center where you should press Install from the right of the window:
This will automaticly install the browser, after it's finish you can click the Ubuntu button and search the application:
Congratulations you have Vivaldi installed and working, you can nou check out the new features.
Vivaldi is available for arch linux and could download from aur.archlinux.
Updated Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Vivaldi blog announced the release of 32 bit Linux version and its now available for download.
Updated Thursday, 5 March 2015
Implemented new features by launching Technical Preview 2 having Bookmarks bar, Image loading toggle , Expanded language support , Fast-Forward and Rewind and Spatial navigation.