Why I have moved back to Firefox?



  • I have been using Vivaldi for quite some time now and this is the first time I have registered on the forums.

    However, I have issues with Vivaldi.

    1. Privacy: This is the biggest concern because it's Google's code running through it.
    2. I didn't find the mouse gestures too useful.
    3. The browser, unlike Firefox, doesn't let you deep dive to have settings to safe guard your privacy. Overall, I think Firefox's add ons are more functional.

    What I love about Vivaldi:

    1. The theming/ design and the UI. This is a visual delight. Kudos to the team!
    2. Well organized speed dial.

    The criticism isn't meant to "troll" here but it's apparent that it's a work in progress. I hope that someone from the team is able to allay my concerns about Google's code. Further, there's an endless wait for a mobile version (I'd love to have both devices synced) and a better integration with add ons. Bookmarks needs to be sorted out (with direct integration with service providers like pinboard).

    I have Vivaldi installed and will be looking at how the development proceeds.

    Till then, Firefox is fine.



  • To reply to your concerns:

    • Yes, Vivaldi is based on Chromium. However, Chromium is much different than Chrome or more importantly, the Google search engine (which is invading your privacy far more than any other Google product)

    • Have you ever heard of a VPN Extension?

    And, I agree that there should be a mobile version.



  • As BlazeKing252 has already mentioned, it's not actually Chrome underneath the hood, but rather, Chromium, which is fully open source and does not have Google's proprietary stuff cooked in.

    The mouse gestures are easily disabled -- though I find them very useful and when I used to use FF, I'd need an add-on for the same functionality.

    I do agree with #3 for the most part, except that FF add-ons are going away at the end of the year in favor of Web Extensions (i.e., what all Chromium-based browsers have now).



  • @t0ken407 said in Why I have moved back to Firefox?:

    I do agree with #3 for the most part, except that FF add-ons are going away at the end of the year in favor of Web Extensions (i.e., what all Chromium-based browsers have now).

    Agree also and primary reason I left FF for Vivaldi after 15+ years.


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