Former CEO starts new Opera browser




Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera and until 2010 CEO of the company, begins a new browser that is mainly aimed at power users. Von Tetzchner and his colleagues believe that Opera has gone on the wrong direction.

Von Tetzchner said opposite TechCrunch that he had the idea to the browser Vivaldi develop after Opera uitfaseerde its own Presto engine and the browser based on Chromium, the open source project that forms the basis for Google Chrome. According to the former CEO Opera was always built around a community and had the browser ‘a strong connection with its users, but is now no longer so.

More striking is that Vivaldi, where a half years in the making, the Chromium source code has also taken into consideration. The team of 25 men would not have been large enough to develop their own rendering engine, and the team eventually chose Chromium instead of the rendering engine of Mozilla; According to Von Tetzchner was the safest option.

The browser is currently downloading as tech preview. The browser is, according to the authors focused on power-users, and for that purpose, inter alia, provides the ability to self-assemble to keyboard commands. At the same time the browser is still incomplete: if there is no toolbar for bookmarks and support for extensions is also not present. Future versions do have that functionality there, as well as a client.


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