back to article Faster than a speeding... tab opening? Vivaldi 3.7 is here

Browser maker Vivaldi today rolled out an update for its eponymous surfing tool, laying claim to some impressive performance gains as well as adding native support for Apple's M1. Of most interest to the majority of users will be the performance gains of the Chromium-based browser, with new tabs opening twice as fast and a new …

  1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

    "no matter how you choose to browse"?

    I choose to browse without Chromium.

    1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

      Re: "no matter how you choose to browse"?

      Well, looks like people are evenly divided on that one (so far). Chromium (and its embedded Googliness) seems a little too dominant for my liking – are some of you really that much against a diverse browser ecosystem?

      1. IGotOut Silver badge

        Re: "no matter how you choose to browse"?

        There's not exactly a lot of choice these days.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "no matter how you choose to browse"?

      You can get versions without the Googly bits (which is what I prefer).

      If there's one thing that Chromium is miles ahead on, it is proper, full on, well working WebRTC support. Firefox is coming along, but the quickest way to get WebRTC going is to grab a version from the "ungoogled" links above and access whatever Jitsi server you have set up.

      Personally I'm going to look at the experimental email client. Now Thunderbird is not getting that much love from the foundation there may be scope for someone to do something better across all platforms.

  2. Lon24 Silver badge

    Snap Snap

    Tab opening is indeed very much snappier. Weirdly it's even faster on my diddy RPi 4B then on my grown-up computer. If only it had embedded FTTP then filling the page might be snappier still ;-)

    I'm presuming they haven't got round to an officially supported ARM64 repository yet. It's a pain not being able to update via apt.

    But otherwise thank you for possibly the best Chromium based browser to run alongside Firefox. It pains me that trying ween folks off Chrome/Chromium itself is as hard as in the old days when IE6 was the bane of any sentient IT person's life.

  3. ThatOne Silver badge
    WTF?

    Tab opening? Really?

    Seriously, is it really that important to have new tabs open one millisecond faster, given it will take the same old amount of time to download the hundred GBs of various JavaScripts from the dozen of different websites? (Talking about the average users here, not the few savvy people using NoScript.)

    To me that sounds like marketing fluff, bragging about a nice-sounding feature actually not really changing anything, but which will eventually sound valuable if you insist hard enough.

    1. John Robson Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Tab opening? Really?

      If the UI is really better at dealing with the "On mouse down I'm going to shuffle all the UI elements underneath you so that mouse up (and the click) are recorded against the wrong element"

    2. AMBxx Silver badge

      Re: Tab opening? Really?

      Not sure about marketing fluff, but definitely a bit desperate. What next, a better shade of white?

      1. Rafael #872397

        Re: "What next, a better shade of white?"

        Now Gluten Free.

      2. Mike 137 Silver badge

        Re: Tab opening? Really?

        One useful thing would be to re-introduce text menus. So many applications now use their own idiosyncratic sets of icons that mastering multiple applications is becoming like reading ancient Egyptian. Because multiple separate cultures combined into a single Egyptian empire, ultimately multiple hieroglyphs represented the same concept and single hieroglyphs represented multiple concepts. The result was (as now) inevitably confusion, not clarity (which is what icons are supposedly for).

        1. John 110

          Re: Tab opening? Really?

          "One useful thing would be to re-introduce text menus"

          Really? My copy of Vivaldi has text menus, maybe you've not looked hard enough.

          Disclaimer: not my primary browser, so I haven't examined the bewildering array of preferences either, but I like menus so...

        2. AMBxx Silver badge

          Re: Tab opening? Really?

          Don't you want every option hidden behind a pale grey ellipsis?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Tab opening? Really?

            Heck no, I want it all back behind a "start" button, even "stop"..

  4. Claverhouse Silver badge
    Meh

    Meh

    Still boring flatitude...

  5. Stuart Halliday
    Angel

    Still using Brave here...

  6. Pangasinan Philippines

    If Only . . .

    If Vivaldi can easily import the speed dial from my Opera browser, then I would use it tomorrow!

    1. John 110
      Angel

      Re: If Only . . .

      Like this? https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/21489/newbie-discovery-speeddial-can-be-dragged-from-opera-to-vivaldi

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