Vivaldi: A New Chromium-Powered, Multi-Platform Browser
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 27 January 2015 at 08:27 AM EST. 39 Comments
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Making waves this morning on the Internet is the announcement of Vivaldi, a new web-browser started by the former CEO of Opera. Vivaldi is currently supported by Linux, Windows, and OS X systems.

Drawing in lots of attention this morning is the Vivaldi browser announcement, not to be confused with the failed KDE Vivaldi Tablet. Vivaldi is currently offered as a tech preview and is powered by Chromium with a number of features that reminisce Opera's glory days, among them are the speed dial and mouse gestures. Vivaldi also adds in new features like allowing multiple tabs to be combined into one tab stack, support for note-taking within the browser, and other improvements to its Chromium base. Vivaldi was started by Jon von Tetzchner, the former CEO of Opera who hasn't been with the firm for a few years.

Features coming in the future include mail, sync, spatial navigation, greater performance ("our aim is to be the fastest browser in the universe"), extensions, and other community-based features.

Vivaldi can be downloaded from Vivaldi.com. Currently Linux builds are for x86_64 RPM and x86_64 Debian packaging.
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