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Vivaldi: A new, interesting web browser

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First off, this browser wasn't made by just anybody. The co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software(Creator of little used web browser Opera), Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, split and formed his own, new company: Vivaldi Technologies. While this new browser is likely to have some kinks that need ironing, due to it's official version having just been released, I'm willing to give it a good try.

This new browser has a certain segment in mind: Power users. The goal behind it is to have an alternative which tosses away simplicity for usability. While those two things can go hand in hand quite well - Chrome is a good example of a browser which is quite simple at heart - There's always going to be some functionality lost or never even thought of in the first place. Vivaldi seems to step in and offer ways to add to the previous, expected web browser experience. This comes in the form of panels within windows, easily stacked tabs, ability to add shortcuts and gestures for just about anything it can do, and other such things. Nothing too special if you just want to hop onto your favorite forum or binge Netflix, but if you like multitasking and customization, this is worth a shot.

Panels are the one feature that caught my eye, mainly because the panel itself can be a web page. Whether Twitter, Facebook, a forum, Youtube, or our very own chat, you can pop in a panel and run the webpage alongside the tab focus. And, being based on Chromium(The exact same backend used for Google Chrome, for those who didn't already know), you already have access to every extension you can grab on Chrome.

Will this new browser succeed with the already established Firefox and Chrome holding such a large share of users? Probably not. But, we can still see what Stephenson's team has to offer while it's still a relevant thing. Oh, and I'm probably not doing the best job of explaining why this appeals to me, but you can always check out the official site for the browser.

https://vivaldi.com/?lang=en_US

 

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Update based on my experiences.

Vivaldi is a solid, new choice for a browser. But, I won't switch over to it just yet. Why? Well...there is a bug, as well as a simple missing feature. Not a big thing for most users, but for me it's an issue. First, the bug: Setting it to reopen the tabs you had open works...to a point. Only the main window, the original opened window, actually preserves tabs. The other just disappears, tabs and all. A major pain for me, where I distribute tabs across my monitors pretty evenly, and if I restart my comp want to continue with the same tabs as before.

Second reason, I can't drag tabs from one window to the other, or drag out a tab to open a NEW window. Easily fixed with right clicking, but...convenience.

 

If both of these are fixed(And they will be, trust me. These are basic things!) I'll switch to using it as my primary, most likely.

 

EDIT: Oh, and this browser will likely use just as much memory as Chrome. Looking for a way to turn off seperate processes for each tab/extension I came across nothing, and that's an issue for memory constrained users who'd otherwise be delegated to Firefox.

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Anyone know a way to change my slider bars from being chrome and grey to being black and grey?

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