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Vivaldi – The Best Web Browser I’ve Found So Far

- May 22, 2017

Vivaldi From Wikipedia: Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita.

The best web browsers, in my humble opinion, are based on Chromium. According to web browser market share statistics, Google Chrome is number one and it’s based on Chromium. Mozilla Firefox is number two and Microsoft Internet Explorer is number three. Beyond those numbers, it really doesn’t matter.

Vivaldi is aimed at heavy Internet users and that describes me perfectly. I sometimes spend hours on end with my web browser and nothing else.

My Web Browser Usage History

I’ve been on the Internet since 1994 and the first web browser I used was Mosaic, soon followed by Netscape Navigator. Netscape Navigator’s code descendant is Firefox.

Windows 3.11 was the first PC operating system I used, followed by Windows 95, 98, XP, 8 and then 10. When Microsoft came out with Internet Explorer, I started using it instead of Netscape Navigator. It wasn’t necessarily better, but it came bundled with Windows.

I switched to Firefox when Microsoft didn’t upgrade Internet Explorer beyond version 6 for more than five years. I then switched to Chrome when it became a better web browser. When I started using Linux versions off and on, I used both Firefox and Chrome.

My operating system of choice for last few years has been one derivative of Debian (Linux) or another. I started with Ubuntu and I’m now on Linux Mint. After my laptop computer crashed, I decided to use Chromium instead of Chrome.

Transitioning to Vivaldi

The first version of the Vivaldi web browser in 2016 didn’t impress me. It needed a lot of work. What a difference a year makes!

I’m switching to Vivaldi and it’s going to take a day or two. I have to migrate bookmarks and extensions. Eventually, I’ll uninstall all the other web browsers on my laptop.

What sold me on Vivaldi? Well, I’m not sure what feature or features swayed me. After I installed it earlier this morning, I started noticing built-in features that I had to use extensions in Chrome and Chromium to enable.

Vivaldi probably won’t be the last web browser I’ll ever use. I hope it’s the last one I’ll use for a few years at least.

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