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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday December 06, @04:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the blowing-a-raspberry-at-other-browsers dept.

The power user's browser Vivaldi has come to the Raspberry Pi and other Linux Arm boards.

The Chrome-based browser will run on all three generations of the Pi, as well as the CubieBoard and ASUS's Tinker Board, Vivaldi said today.

Vivaldi has supported Linux (and Mac) since it made its debut, but this is the first Arm port, a milestone on the road to a mobile version that it pledged to produce last year.

A bright spot for Opera fans.


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by ledow on Wednesday December 06, @08:46AM (4 children)

    by ledow (5567) on Wednesday December 06, @08:46AM (#606044) Homepage

    And neither are anything like Opera ever was.

    There is no reason you couldn't have an Opera-like browser with any rendering engine you liked.

    But Opera was never about the rendering engine. It did so much more, so many years before anyone else, all in the same program.

    Everything from click-to-play-plugins, advert blocking, popup management, tab management, extreme levels of customisability and theming, kiosk modes, email client, etc.... and has had all that since just after the Netscape days.

    Basically Opera had the functionality of just about every modern browser and extension combination you can imagine, before either of those existed.

    Now it's "just-another-browser" without any of the doodads at all. And I hate to say it, but so is Vivaldi.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Aiwendil on Wednesday December 06, @10:30AM (3 children)

    by Aiwendil (531) on Wednesday December 06, @10:30AM (#606070) Journal

    Take a look at Otter Browser [otter-browser.org] - they aim to mimic the O12-experience as well as possible and they are constantly looking for programmers (and are under development). It is qt5-based and if you don't mind compiling it yourself works fine on an RPi3 (binaries/appimages exists for all the common major desktop platforms - however I'd recommend compiling it yourself for linux rather than going for the appimage)

    • (Score: 1) by Crash on Wednesday December 06, @11:49PM (2 children)

      by Crash (1335) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @11:49PM (#606475)

      Looks better than it did a year or two ago. Still no Side|Vertical Tabs, no "Window|Tab manager" available in the sidebar,
      doesn't appear to:
      be easily themable,
      nor allow dragging GUI icons|buttons around the interface,
      nor add user-defined buttons to the GUI
      nor attach mouse actions (click, long-cilck, double-click, etc) to said buttons,
      ...
      Not worth my time, Otter isn't even comparable to Opera 6 from 2002.

      • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Thursday December 07, @06:22AM (1 child)

        by Aiwendil (531) on Thursday December 07, @06:22AM (#606673) Journal

        Heh, funny that..
        The only theme:ing I ever did of Opera was to get it to look like earlier versions.
        The sidebar I've always disabled (main reason why I like opera - less clutter).
        I don't use drag and drop at all (I prefer editing files, better controil)
        I prefer hotkeys (my keybindings file are far from standard)
        Don't use mice for UI interactions in browser - main thing about Opera that I liked btw, excellent keyboard support.

        Amazing how we could have so different things we liked about the same browser that we liked :)

        (Btw, O6? You came late to the game, I started back in O3 - funnily enough I consider each UI "upgrade" since then to actually be worse, mainly due to being less clinical and more "fluffy")

        • (Score: 1) by Crash on Thursday December 07, @09:43AM

          by Crash (1335) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @09:43AM (#606739)

          I agree with your general sentiment there, many GUI changes following O6 were worse, although O11's "Tab Stacks" were nice.

          Google helped me discover Opera 5 in 1999, but O6 seemed like an overall improvement, especially the slick png interface skinning.

          Development from O10 onward (all the way to it's demise in O12) was pathetically bad, regression regression , fix, regression.

          Even so nothing else compared to it, and I died a little when I had to switch to Firefox in 2013.

          You eventually get used to it, and Piro's Tree Style Tabs are awesome sauce.