A few notes about Opera and Vivaldi

These are a few notes about Opera and Vivaldi web browser’s when compared to Firefox, after using both for a week.

The good

  • sleek interface (both but I became more fond of Opera in this regard)
  • functionality (both)
  • some sort of adblocker included (both)
  • integrated VPN in Opera (although I have mixed feelings about this, since it’s proprietary as far as I can tell)

The bad

  • resource usage bigger than Firefox in my system (both)
  • slower than Firefox, using default configs (both)
  • proprietary (both)

The following specs were used when testing both browsers:

System:    Kernel: 5.2.9-lqx1-1-lqx x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1git-23545d Distro: Manjaro Linux 

Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 80XV v: Lenovo ideapad 320-15AST

           Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: SDK0J40700WIN

CPU:       Dual Core: AMD A9-9420 RADEON R5 5 COMPUTE CORES 2C+3G

Graphics:  Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Stoney [Radeon R2/R3/R4/R5 Graphics] driver: amdgpu v: kernel 

           Device-2: AMD Topaz XT [Radeon R7 M260/M265 / M340/M360 / M440/M445] driver: amdgpu v: kernel 

           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 

           OpenGL: renderer: AMD STONEY (DRM 3.32.0 5.2.9-lqx1-1-lqx LLVM 8.0.1) v: 4.5 Mesa 19.1.4


Must have extensions for Firefox

I’ve been a Firefox user since version 1.0, and the Mozilla Suite before that. Shamefully, I also used the infamous Internet Explorer long before that crap evolved to something close to a browser but not quite and still shitty.

During all my years with this browser, I’ve come to use a handful of extensions that I consider essential. The list has changed over the years and has taken many forms. The current one is as follow:

The list is short but I consider all of them essential. Believe it or not, this is the almost complete list of extensions I have installed. I try not to use many of them due to the impact on the browser performance.

Do you consider other extensions essential? Feel free to share them in the comments.

Image by J. Albert Bowden II – CC-BY-2.0


Microsoft Chrome?

Está a circular um rumor que aponta para o fim do Edge, o browser que a Microsoft lançou em 2015 para substituir o Internet Explorer. O mesmo rumo refere que a empresa sediada em Redmond vai criar um novo navegador, agora baseado no Chromium.

Sabe mais no meu artigo no Espalha-Factos.