What about just allowing us to build our own cloud for sync?

  • I know Vivaldi will eventually get sync features. But it's taking quite a while it seems. Some people say that Vivaldi will have to pay a lot of money for the infrastructure. That is a valid argument. But why not let us users build our own infrastructure?

    Here are some simple solutions:

    1. allow location of profile folder to be changed, so that I can put it in my DropBox. It's ok to not allow passwords to be stored there, but everything else including settings & extensions & extension settings can be synced without such serious security concerns.
    2. allow browser settings to be exported/imported on demand in an XML file or JSON file, per category (bookmarks, history, settings, extensions, extension settings, passwords). It is important that the file is open format, so that extensions can come and pick up the slack regarding synchronizing these things automatically. I bet plenty of companies are willing to do infrastructure work for sharing of certain anonymous data (they need to make money too).

    In any case, there are many ways in which this can be done faster than the years that are taking to build "native" sync.

    I truly hope Vivaldi can take into consideration some of these options. Speaking as a software developer and product owner, I think this is one of the most important features for a browser now-a-days and I believe many in the community agree. I know my wife is not using this precisely because it lacks sync.

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    After Vivaldi has implemented Sync there will come user sync to local drives, network, own cloud, ssh, ftp, webdav etc.

  • @Gwen-Dragon Thanks for this. Axonn's suggestion, though, is to reverse the order - do personal cloud sync first. Is there any chance of that happening?

    I have a feeling that a lot of people will, once personal sync methods are available, use those rather than the in-house version.

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    @aach1 - No - it would seem no chance of that happening.

  • That's rather unfortunate. It would have been an interesting move letting us sync individually first. General sync can be had from other browsers, it doesn't distinguish Vivaldi in any way.

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    @luetage Sync must be secure, reliable and interoperable between multiple installs (but only for the SAME person), all while militating against data corruption and theft. Given security concerns, especially of passwords and extensions, it is safest and most straightforward to implement it first in a controlled storage environment. Use of multiple cloud platforms, given that this is not just data, but something literally integral to the browser, is a bit more fraught - and so that experiment will be pursued after implementation using known and controllable environmental factors is a done deal.

  • @Ayespy fair enough and I take the points you made later.

  • I would prefer to be the one who decides about my own data being secured or not 🙂 . I don't think it would be so hard to allow the browser to have a different folder for storing user data.

    I guess I could write a script to copy stuff from User Data to Dropbox and then back again at every restart of the computer, but this seems so convoluted and work-around-ish... but I will do it eventually. Perhaps the community will actually appreciate at least having this option.

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    @Axonn said in What about just allowing us to build our own cloud for sync?:

    I guess I could write a script to copy stuff from User Data to Dropbox and then back again at every restart of the computer

    Yes, you can.
    But you cant synchronize the passwords as the encryption key of the datbase is bound to the Unigue-User-ID of the PC/Windows user account you are working on.


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