We interviewed Jon von Tetzchner, the visionary introduced by the Vivaldi browser a year and a half ago.
The browser market has changed exceptionally in the past two years; We have gone from being practically forced to use a couple of viable alternatives, to having a large number of browsers to choose from.
Each of these new browsers has its own vision of what the Web should be, with its own characteristics and functionalities, but they all have in common a desire to innovate and to escape the mold that established browsers represent.
Vivaldi, the spiritual successor of Opera (the good one)
Vivaldi Browser was one of the first browsers to dare to present a different alternative, it was created by former members of Opera, among which is Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, who was co-founder and CEO of Opera.
The goal was recover the concept of multipurpose browser that had been abandoned for his old company when he made the jump to Chromium and a simplified browser style.
Since the first previous version, Vivaldi has continued to evolve and gain functionality, and not long ago reached version 1.2.
Vivaldi Browser 1.2, with improved mouse gestures and tabs
Vivaldi Browser 1.2 is the best example of a program whose development has stabilized and you can afford add the features requested by users slowly.
It is the case of the mouse gestures, which we can create and customize to access all the functions of the browser.
Tab management has been greatly improved, with the possibility of defining an independent zoom for each one; In addition, we can further configure what we want to appear when we open a new tab.
An important detail is that Vivaldi 1.2 includes the Catalan language.
Vivaldi is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Considering that he has only a year and a half of life, it is striking that Vivaldi’s development is already so stableas to devote to those kinds of details, which some of the great browsers do not have yet.
So when the Vivaldi team offered us the opportunity to conduct an interview with Jon von Tetzchner, the person behind the project, we should not waste it.
Interview with Jon von Tetzchner
After years when the only players in the browser market were Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, a plethora of new browsers, including Vivald, has suddenly appeared with new ideas and concepts of what the Web should be.
As one of the people partly responsible for this boom, what do you think are the reasons behind this phenomenon?
The web browser is the most used tool by people. Many people spend hours each day on the Internet.
With such a widely used tool, it is only natural that there is an interest in something different, and the main browsers tend to be very similar in their approach.
All great browsers follow the same principle of offering a simplified browserBut that is not what all users want.
We offer a browser with a lot of functionalities, but also with a fresh look. Vivaldi is more colorful and more personal, since you can customize both the appearance and the use of the browser.
I urge you to try our tab management, tab stacking, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts and other features that differentiate us from other browsers.
So you understand why we needed to create Vivaldi
Why is Vivaldi based on Chromium (NdE: the free project on which Chrome is based)?How does Google’s vision of the future of the web fit with its own vision?
In the last 20 years approximately no browser has been created from scratchSo we had to choose a base code as our foundation.
We felt that using the Chromium code was the safest bet and that it was the code that best fit our requirements.
On top of the Chromium code we use web technologies. This unique approach allows us to develop faster and offer a more dynamic user interface with a lot of flexibility.
It is possible to change the appearance and operation of the browser on the go. It is even possible to zoom in on the entire browser!
Take a look at the settings for more details.
What is your position in ad blocking, now that some browsers like Opera block ads without the need for an extension?
We believe there is a large number of good ad blocking extensions for those who need it.
We believe that it is important to maintain an open and free Web, and removing all default advertising will take away the opportunity for site owners to generate income from their hard work, without having to rely solely on paid content.
Will they do the same with Vivaldi? What about the default VPN usage?
We don’t see ourselves offering ad blocking built into the browser. We believe this is covered by extensions.
When it comes to VPN, there are plenty of good options available, too, but you never know what we could do in the future. We tend to listen to our users, but so far few requests have come in to include this functionality.
Related to that, How is it possible to earn money developing a browser?
We generate revenue thanks to our search partners (NdE: Vivaldi searches Bing by default and includes Google and DuckDuckGo as alternatives) and some of the bookmarks included by default (NdE: Vivaldi includes a variety of websites in your bookmarks, from blogs to shops ).
We try to select services that our users will like, since all agreements are based on revenue sharing.
When can we expect the Android version of Vivaldi? And what about iOS?
We do not expect any mobile version for this year. The plan is to (launch them) next year, with priority for Android.