Manjaro Cinnamon Switches Default Browser To Vivaldi

Manjaro and Vivaldi announced a change to the default browser for the popular community edition Manjaro Cinnamon from the open-source Firefox to Chromium-based Vivaldi. The Manjaro team is hoping that this move gives Vivaldi the attention it deserves according to Bernhard Landauer of Manjaro.

Vivaldi offers many features such as tab grouping, split screen support, built-in mail client, and gestures. Vivaldi also offers many privacy controls such as anti-tracking and ad blocking by default. The company Vivaldi Technologies was founded by Tatsuki Tomita and Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, who was the co-founder and CEO of Opera Software.

Theme Settings with Manjaro-Cinnamon selected
Theme Settings with Manjaro-Cinnamon selected

Custom Manjaro Theme for Vivaldi

Linux users are typically fans of customizing their systems and Vivaldi has taken note of this and made sure to provide many customization options. You can create unique workflows with customizable shortcuts, gestures, customizable menus, and Command Chains – especially suited to keyboard-based browsing. They also made sure to make the theme just as customizable but they didn’t stop there, Vivaldi has provided a custom Manjaro-Cinnamon theme for a polished out of the box experience.

Vivaldi listed in the main menu of Manjaro Cinnamon
Vivaldi listed in the main menu of Manjaro Cinnamon

Is Vivaldi Open Source?

Vivaldi is considered freeware and is not fully open-source, the company has addressed this in a post that can be found here. Vivaldi’s code is described in three layers with the following breakout:

Of the three layers, only the UI layer is closed-source. This means that roughly 92% of the browser’s code is open-source coming from Chromium, 3% is open-source coming from us and only 5% is our UI closed-source code.
Vivaldi browser on the Manjaro Cinnamon desktop
Vivaldi browser on the Manjaro Cinnamon desktop

To learn more about this change you can check out the official news article on Vivaldi’s website which has quotes from both Manjaro and Vivaldi on why this change is a positive for the community.

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  1. This is an interesting bit of news. It makes me a little sad to see another place where a chrome based browser is the default. Not really knocking Vivaldi, it’s solid browser and all, but still more chrome, and their closed source nature isn’t what I’d prefer to see.

  2. Avatar for Strit Strit says:

    Just noticed that Ryans avatar on frontpagelinux is actually Michael.

    Body snatchers are here?

  3. Just a friendly reminder that Chromium and the V8 JavaScript engine are both Free, Libre, and Open Source Software projects released under the GPL compatible 3-clause BSD license— a lax, permissive non-copyleft free software license.

  4. I worded that badly, not chrome, Vivaldi’s closed source pieces

  5. Avatar for Ulfnic Ulfnic says:

    I think the greatest problem with closed source is the comparative ease at which malware can be included knowingly or unknowingly by anyone with access.

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