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Forget Firefox, Vivaldi Steals Default Browser Spot In Popular Linux Distro

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Arch-based Linux distribution Manjaro is no stranger to making bold decisions that may or may not ruffle the community’s collective feathers. In 2019 it disrupted the status quo by replacing LibreOffice with FreeOffice as the default office software (and then decided to give users a choice during OS installation). Today, Manjaro is orchestrating another upheaval: it’s replacing its default web browser.

Firefox is out. Vivaldi is in.

“In our repos, Manjaro always provides the very latest version of Vivaldi, and thanks to direct developer contact we are now also able to include matching default themes for our editions,” says Co-CEO of Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG, Bernhard Landauer. “To give Vivaldi more of the attention it deserves, I decided to include it as the default browser in our popular Cinnamon Community Edition. With its remarkable browsing speed, exceptional customizability, and especially the way it values user privacy, Vivaldi for me is a perfect match for Manjaro Linux.”

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  • Manjaro Linux Cinnamon switches from Firefox to Vivaldi for default web browser

    Vivaldi may not be the most popular web browser when compared to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, for instance, but it is used by millions of people to surf the web every day -- that is still significant. Many of its users are privacy-focused and tech-savvy too. Best of all, the free Vivaldi web browser is available on all major desktop operating system platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    Speaking of Linux, today, Vivaldi is making huge news in that community, and the folks over at Mozilla are not going to like it. You see, the developers of the Arch Linux-based Manjaro Cinnamon operating system have decided to ditch Firefox as the default web browser, instead opting for Vivaldi. Wow!

    "In our repos, Manjaro always provides the very latest version of Vivaldi, and thanks to direct developer contact we are now also able to include matching default themes for our editions To give Vivaldi more of the attention it deserves, I decided to include it as the default browser in our popular Cinnamon Community Edition. With its remarkable browsing speed, exceptional customizability, and especially the way it values user privacy, Vivaldi for me is a perfect match for Manjaro Linux," says Bernhard Landauer, Co-CEO of Manjaro.

Vivaldi Replaces Firefox as the Default Browser on Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Cinnamon Switches Default Browser To Vivaldi

  • 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.

Manjaro Cinnamon changes to Firefox from Vivaldi as default

  • Manjaro Cinnamon changes to Firefox from Vivaldi as default web browser

    There are few Linux distributions that give these kinds of surprises and Manjaro is one of them. We are talking about changing the usual defaults , usually free software totems, for more debatable and even proprietary alternatives, as is the case at hand: Manjaro Cinnamon puts Vivaldi as the default web browser and although it is still an anecdote for the no importance of this particular flavor …

    Indeed, it is a controversial decision for what it means: replacing free software with proprietary software, when it is not essential . As you know, it is very common for Linux distributions to include proprietary add-ons to offer the basic or desired functionality, that is, both so that certain hardware components work, and so that they do so with the best guarantees. This is usually done through drivers.

    But it is also common for large Linux distros to facilitate the installation of popular proprietary applications, such as Steam, Spotify, VSCode or many others. What is quite unusual is to find a distribution that pre-installs some of these applications, much less one that replaces a free software application with a proprietary one, when the free one meets contracted quality requirements.

Firefox dies? This Linux replaces it with another browser

  • Firefox dies? This Linux replaces it with another browser

    Firefox has always been the favorite web browser for users who are committed to free software and privacy. However, for months, Mozilla has only lost followers who, little by little, are migrating to both Chrome and Edge, the two most used browsers today. Although it is not the most used web browser within Windows, the orange fox has always been an icon in Linux distributions. However, this may be over very soon.

    What a web browser needs to be successful is to have great allies. Chrome, for example, appears on the main page of the Google search engine, so we will forcefully end up installing it. Edge comes by default in Windows 10, with banners that call us to try it. Safari the same on macOS. But what about alternative browsers, like Vivaldi ?

Manjaro Chooses Proprietary Poo Vivaldi Over Free Software

  • Manjaro Chooses Proprietary Poo Vivaldi Over Free Software - Invidious

    Recently, Manjaro Cinnamon made the decision to use Vivaldi as their default web browser. There is one big problem with this decision. Vivaldi is NOT free and open source software. Vivaldi is a proprietary web browser. Is it OK for Linux distros to default to proprietary software when there are great free and open source alternatives?

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