Linux News Today: Vivaldi Web Browser Rebased on Chromium 50, Vivaldi 1.1 Might Land This Week
We have just been informed by Vivaldi’s Ruarí Ødegaard that there’s a new snapshot available for testing, which might just become the first point release of the Vivaldi 1.0 web browser.
Yes, we’re talking about Vivaldi 1.1, the first maintenance version of the Chromium-based web browser, about which we told you two weeks ago that it was in the works and would be rebased on the major Chromium 50.0 open-source browser. Well, today’s Vivaldi Snapshot 1.1.453.6 is based on Chromium 50.0.2661.75, and you can grab it right now for all supported platforms (see download options at the end of the article).
“Today’s highlights are a fix for Vivaldi stealing focus under Windows and a few more settings you requested, such as further tab closing activation options and the possibility to import Opera 12 Speed Dials,” said Ruarí Ødegaard, Linux QA and Testing at Vivaldi. “We are rapidly closing in on a final 1.1 release now, so let us know if you see any regressions in behaviour since the 1.0 final.”
Starting with this snapshot, Vivaldi is no longer supported on the Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.9 or previous versions. Also, it looks like the new Vivaldi snapshot comes with NPAPI plugins disabled by default, due to the unreliable support available upstream. Vivaldi 1.1 will use the PPAPI plugins and new HTML5 technologies as a replacement.
Vivaldi 1.1 should land by the end of this week
We had a quick chat with Mr. Ødegaard earlier, and he told us that there’s a very good chance for Vivaldi 1.1 to arrive by the end of this week to the stable channel of the web browser as the first point release of Vivaldi 1.0. It will, of course, be aimed at all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft Windows.
Below, we’ve attached the official changelog of today’s Vivaldi Snapshot 1.1.453.6 for our tech-savvy users, but the release highlights are the ability to import speed dials from Opera 12 and improvements to the tab closing activation options. Download Vivaldi Snapshot for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X via our website.