While Brave uses being ad-free as its USP, Vivaldi promotes itself as the web browser for power users. Though Brave is still in development, Vivaldi has just hit the first stable version.
Vivaldi is based on Blink web engine which is developed as a part of Chromium project (Google’s Chrome browser is based on Chromium). Though Vivaldi is built using open source technologies, it is NOT open source.
Vivaldi does provide some unique features that are aimed at power users (users who tweak things as per their need to get the most out of a product). Plenty of shortcuts, quick commands, stacked tabs and quick note are some of the highlights. The aim is to enable a user to customize every aspect of the browser.
Features of Vivaldi web browser
- Opera like speed dial for quick access to favorite websites in the new tab;
- speed dial folders to group favorite website into folders;
- support for quick text commands;
- built-in note taking app
- side panel with fast access to bookmarks, downloads, notes etc
- custom search engines support
- supports Chrome extensions
- side-by-side browsing using side pane
- tab stacks
- move tabs to bottom or to the sides
- mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts
- adaptive interface color
- theme customization
Vivaldi is a cross-platform desktop application that is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. There are .deb and rpm files available for Linux, both 32 and 64 bit versions.
You can download the appropriate file from the link below and double click on it to install it:
I am willing to give Vivaldi a try so I’ll be using it over the next few weeks. It doesn’t sync with the Google account and there is no sync available at all, that’s a feature I would be missing the most perhaps.
How about you? You willing to take Vivaldi for a ride?