Vivaldi launches build for ARM-based Linux devices
Vivaldi Technologies AS, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released a first build of the browser for Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based Linux devices today.
Vivaldi browser is currently available for the desktop operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
The new version, called Vivaldi for Linux ARM, adds ARM-based Linux devices such as the Raspberry PI 3 to the list of supported devices.
Vivaldi Technologies mentions the following devices explicitly: Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3, CubieBoard and ASUS Tinker Board. It should run on most of these devices however.
Users who run Linux ARM devices have a selection of web browsers at their disposal that they can choose one from already. There is Chromium and Firefox ESR for instance, but also lesser known browsers such as Epiphany or Midori.
Vivaldi for ARM offers the same functionality as the desktop client. It needs to be noted that it is released as a preview build right now, and users should handle it like any other beta release.
Download and installation of Vivaldi is straightforward. Users need to download the version of the browser from the official website, and double-click on the downloaded file afterwards to run the installer. The release is offered as a .deb file.
The company runs a small giveaway on its site. You can win one of five Raspberry Pi Model 3 devices with a custom Vivaldi case, power supply with international adapters, a 16 GB Micro-SD card, and some Vivaldi swag. You need to share your plans for a Pi project in the comment section on the site to enter the giveaway.
Vivaldi offers features that make it an interesting choice for low-powered devices. It supports disabling the loading of images or animation for instance, lazy loads tabs from previous sessions, and comes with a reader mode to load an optimized version of a page that does away with most third-party content.
Vivaldi Technologies is working on bringing the web browser to mobile devices as well. While there is no ETA for the first builds for Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating system, support will come eventually for these operating systems.
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