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The Vivaldi browser is gradually incorporating UI customization features that bring it closer to Opera 12

Posted 03-22-2021 at 05:14 PM by the dsc

And I guess also adding some new interesting ones, like tab stacking, even though that may be originally from Chrome itself, even if perhaps Vivaldi may add some extra options, I don't know -- auto-stacking, maybe.

The last time I checked, it seemed just as another Chrome variant that only had a few tweaks I didn't even like on the GUI, and little on useful customizations. Now it even has mouse gestures enabled by default, and without even realizing, I'm often closing and opening new tabs with it.

I've found out it almost accidentally, just looking for a decent browser that wouldn't have close buttons in all tabs, since my mouse is all of a sudden inadvertently double-clicking more than the Linux' libraries that handle it can compensate for, leading to sometimes closing tiny tabs I just wanted to select.

Its "picture in picture" functionality is better than the latest I've seen on Chrome, not only allowing for it to be resized without limitation, but also has a "timeline" control, instead of just play/pause, which frustatingly forces you to go find the tab if you want to go back or forward.

One thing it doesn't have natively yet is the option to add any menu as a button anywhere in the GUI, which I used to create a drop-down tab-list menu instead of a tab bar (as well as a sub-menu in the right-click context menu, if I recall). Particularly useful with many tabs opened, even if you still have a tab bar on, whether they'll shrink or be hidden to the sides of the screen.

While some Chrome extensions do something that's virtually the same, not all of them always render correctly in Vivaldi, being then essentially useless. The one that seems to consistently work that I've found is whatever-will-be-que-sera-sera.tumblr's Tab List Manager. It additionally has a kind of drop-down menu that's activated just by hovering. Suggesting it only feature-wise, security-wise I only know it's on Google's own webstore, whatever that entails.

Besides not (yet?) being a fully functional recreation of the old Opera GUI with a new web-engine, another "con" is that its GUI seems to be marginally but perceptibly slower to render itself, even in what I think may be a reasonably moderately decent low-tier PC these days (Intel i3 3220 3.3Ghz, onboard Ivybridge video, with xorg.cong using SNA acceleration, which I assume is still the faster option).

Meanwhile, the latest Otter browser appimage I tested couldn't access the internet at all. I guess the OS has the wrong SSL library or something, I haven't checked. I hope it's really working for whoever has the correct libraries and whatnot, specially being FOSS and this sort of thing. It would be nice if soon we'd have more than just virtually firefox and chrome, even if in GUI aspects alone.
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