Arch-based Linux distribution Manjaro is not any stranger to creating daring selections which will or could not ruffle the neighborhood’s collective feathers. In 2019 it disrupted the established order by changing LibreOffice with FreeOffice because the default workplace software program (after which determined to offer customers a alternative throughout OS set up). At the moment, Manjaro is orchestrating one other upheaval: it’s changing its default internet browser.

Firefox is out. Vivaldi is in.

“In our repos, Manjaro at all times gives the very newest model of Vivaldi, and because of direct developer contact we at the moment are additionally capable of embrace matching default themes for our editions,” says Co-CEO of Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG, Bernhard Landauer. “To offer Vivaldi extra of the eye it deserves, I made a decision to incorporate it because the default browser in our in style Cinnamon Group Version. With its outstanding shopping pace, distinctive customizability, and particularly the best way it values person privateness, Vivaldi for me is an ideal match for Manjaro Linux.”

The change goes official at present for anybody doing a contemporary set up of Manjaro’s Cinnamon Version. However if you wish to see what all of the fuss is about, Vivaldi is obtainable in Manjaro’s repositories, which means it’s only a click on away.

And Vivaldi certain has been making a fuss currently, pitching itself to Linux fans with two persuasive pillars that the neighborhood values: privateness and deep customization.

The privateness angle is an important one, as customers develop repeatedly weary and distrustful of software program created by Huge Tech. Vivaldi makes a three-pronged promise:

  • “We don’t know who you might be.”
  • “We by no means monitor you.”
  • “We by no means know what you do with Vivaldi (and like to not know).”

Vivaldi ships with each advert and tracker blockers (on Android and desktop variations), a built-in mail shopper, feed reader, calendar, split-screen and grouped tabs, and a notes supervisor.

It additionally treats Linux as a first-class citizen by not making the neighborhood watch for Vivaldi options effectively after Android, Home windows and macOS obtain them.

I don’t have sufficient hands-on expertise (but) with Vivaldi to inject my very own opinion, however on paper it affords the suitable combination of options, privateness blocking and customization to make it a worthy competitor to Firefox, Chrome and Edge.

Although I’m fairly curious to see if different Linux distributions observe Manjaro’s lead. Particularly since Vivaldi is barely partially open-source.

The Manjaro and Vivaldi groups each say they’re working collectively intently to enhance the expertise, and might be looking out for points or requests from its customers.