New Vivaldi Browser, Red Hat Slapped, More Winbuntu

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 07, 2016

One of the top stories today was the release of Vivaldi 1.0. Vivaldi is a new browser project founded by John von Tetzchner who co-founded Opera. In other news, Red Hat lost an important new client today but Jim Whitehurst is still confident of reaching $5 billion in revenue in five years. "PC-BSD 10.3 is looking great" and that Windows 10 update with Ubashu is now available.

Vivaldi is a new browser that's been under development for since the beginning of 2015. Co-founder and former CEO of Opera, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner founded the new browser with the tagline: "A browser for our friends." Tetzchner said:

Opera is no longer serving its community who helped build the browser. So we came to a natural conclusion: we must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you.

And so, Vivaldi is born.

Vivaldi 1.0 was announced today on its site and blog. The browser reminds me of Opera quite a bit featuring a Speed Dial and a configuration very reminiscent of Opera. It includes something called Fast Forward, which allows one to "jump to the next page in a sequence," and Rewind which lets the user "return to the first page visited at a site." Vivaldi also features a notepad that lets one take and link notes to a specific site. Sessions lets one save a set of open tabs to be reopened with one click and Tab Stacks allow dropping a tab on another and save them as a stack when you have too many open. You can set the background on your Speed Dial and there are plenty of bookmarks provided.

Vivaldi 1.0 Speed Dial

Unfortunately, also like Opera, Vivaldi isn't Open Source. It is available to Linux users in the form of an RPM or DEB in 32- and 64-bits. The install was quick and easy and a configuration wizard opened immediately afterwards to start the customization.

The Install on Linux Mint and Initial Setup

The new browser did navigate the Web with speed and ease. Sites seemed to display and function correctly. proved no problem, but attempting to watch a video at a news site failed. Bing was the default search engine, but Google and DuckDuckGo are among the other choices. There's a Vivaldi forum for users which seems quite active and a blog for developmental news.

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The Windows 10 update featuring Ubuntu Bash was made available today as an Insider Preview. You have to set your Windows 10 to developer mode and enable it in Windows Features. Dustin Kirkland has an illustrated howto on his blog today. ArsTechnica's Peter Bright has a bit more on the Windows Update as well.

All the Web is buzzing about one contract Red Hat didn't get today, Volkswagen's. NetworkWorld's Ken Kepes called it a "slapping." It seems Volkswagen has decided to go with Mirantis for their OpenStack needs. The decision was based on test cases and Mirantis scored the best, according to Kepes. Despite this little upset, Jim Whitehurst said Red Hat plans to reach $5 billion in revenue by 2021. This will mean doubling the staff, but Whitehurst told that there are "large market opportunities" out there as the world turns to Open Source.

In other news:

* PC-BSD 10.3 Is Looking Great

* Update on Tumbleweed, Conference

* RHEL 5.0 End of Production on 2017-03-31

* A Tale of Two Containers

* Why Linux Is the Best Platform for Emulation