[edit:] 17-Feb-2019 - I don’t feel as secure about Vivaldi re. user privacy anymore (I’m using Iridium-browser these days as it looks to be about the best of a bad lot).
[edit:] 21-Jan-2018 - Cleaned up the Wiki page - adding new data & removing the redundant. Also, edited this page a little.
[edit:] 2-Mar-2017 - Added a section on using Firejail to the Wiki.
13-Feb-2017 - I’ve started a Vivaldi page on the Manjaro Wiki, it will continue to grow. Anyone who has the inclination to help it grow, is of course always welcome to contribute to the Wiki (anywhere!).
Finally a browser that doesn’t make a mess of this forum’s category contents display lists (for me anyway, as I use a lot of custom settings in Firefox/Pale Moon which must be why this forum has always looked so much worse than its best - though of course I still don’t like a number of the ways that this forum works, but I’m not going to have that discussion anymore, & that is NOT what this post is about).
Vivaldi can be locked up pretty tight too, privacy wise, with the use of extensions from the Chrome Web Store:
HTTPS Everywhere; Privacy Badger; ShareMeNot; uBlock Origin; uBlock Origin Extra; uMatrix; & now Self Destroying Cookies .
There is a little duplication among that lot, but they function reasonably well together, apart from the fact that you may have to turn OFF WebRTC blocking in uBlock Origin & just use the option to turn WebRTC blocking ON in Vivaldi’s Settings. (I’ve done that, but I’ve left Privacy Badger to also turn ON WebRTC blocking & I get no leak so at least at this stage that’s good enough for me.)
Vivaldi allows you to adjust the GUI a great deal, so for those of us that like to (or need to) enlarge (or shrink) the display it is really easy to do (no need for NoSquint & the like, though NoSquint Plus is available as an add-on). You can also modify the theme quite easily in the Settings.
This inherent ability of Vivaldi to so simply handle the entire browser GUI (including its own menu fonts; tab fonts; all of its Settings - basically every part of the browser display can be magnified or shrunk) & its contents just blows the Firefox/Pale Moon browsers right out of the water, as they are just so cumbersome in this regard. Vivaldi makes both the Firefox & Pale Moon engines (they both use different engines these days) seem archaic!
I could import my >1k bookmarks WITHOUT having them re-organised alphabetically (or any other way). I really like that, 'cause when a browser that I’m trying out can’t handle the proper import of my bookmarks it has already lost me.
The bookmarks are displayed in a panel, which is a way that I’m certainly not used to, though I doubt it will be difficult to adapt to such a method (after how long of using a drop down bookmarks menu…).
Anyway, I’ll continue giving Vivaldi a workout & if it doesn’t come up with any thus far unforeseen serious problems then I’ll make a Vivaldi page in our Wiki.
Hopefully now that Vivaldi has now reached (as of this most recent page edit) 1.13.1008.40 (Stable channel) (64-bit) it will find its way from the AUR into our official repo somewhere (that hasn’t happened, though there is a very good alternative, see below).
I’m using a Custom repo maintained by an Arch Trusted User (TU). Any associated Vivaldi packages, like vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs can be found in this repo too. Great news.
Just add the following to the bottom of your /etc/pacman.conf :
Server = https://repo.herecura.be/$repo/$arch