This is my first forum post.

  • Hi everyone,

    I have been using Vivaldi browser for a few months, but never made a Vivaldi account. I want to thank whoever made this browser possible, and to keep up the good work. I am a user the Windows and occasionally Mac version, but I plan to install the Linux version when I get a reliable Linux setup.

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    @johnsetterlund Welcome! It's working well on Mint 18, if a little resource-hungry, so long as you have half-decent anywhere-near-modern hardware. My 9-year-old Core2 quad system with 8 GB ram running X64 Mint 18 loves it. My 14-year old 32-bit P4 system with 2 GB RAM running x86 Mint 18 quit loading Vivaldi last week when I updated it, and then quit loading Linux. So I have some work to do there... :)

  • Thanks! I will give it a try, but I might try to run it off a thumb drive because my PC has got an SSD.

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    @johnsetterlund It takes up precious little room. How tiny is your SSD? I run one here, half a terrabyte, plenty of room left over. My smallest SSD is 120GB on a rather old laptop, and I run it on that as well.

  • 128 GB, and Windows takes a sizable amount of it.

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    @johnsetterlund Hmmmmm. Well, Vivaldi will consume about a Gig and a half on average after extended use, and if you don't run it on the SSD, I don't know if you'll be happy with the speed. Of course, you might not notice much drop-off on a 64 GB USB 3.0. I'll have to try that, just for kicks.

  • @johnsetterlund You'll find you have an immense amount of space for Linux, once you remove that virulent Redmond malware... :-)

    Alternatively, you could do something like this, if you like:

    1. Dual-boot [personally i'd advise against that, in favour of the following]
    2. Backup all your data [duh]
    3. Ensure you still have your Windows dvd & PK
    4. Having previously decided your fav Linux distro [obviously that's a lovely enjoyable "problem" to have, but eventually from testing via LiveUSBs or otherwise VMs in your current Windows, you'll have a target selected], install it to your SSD by reformatting SSD & partitioning with [eg] /dev/sda1 = 30 GB / [ie, root; can be smaller but this size is for future-proofing], /dev/sda2 = Swap [= to your RAM, albeit there's LOTS of valid alternatives here; for illustration here i'll assume 8 GB], ~6 GB unformatted at the very end of the SSD [="over-provisioning", for SSD internal block housekeeping], & the remainder being /dev/sda3 ~76 GB for /home.
    5. Within /home create a VirtualBox VM of ~35-40 GB [or smaller; basically sufficient for Win itself & whatever must-have pgms you want therein; no substantive data storage needed herein], & use VB's Shared Folders feature to access whatever docs you wish, from your /home partition.

    Coz your SSD only has 120 GB, whichever distro you choose probably need a filesystem of ext4, xfs etc for root but NOT btrfs [that needs to be quite larger than 30 GB if Snapper & Rollbacks are wanted].

    Also if you'd like to use a GPT rather than BIOS partition table you'll need a tiny fat16 initial partition of say 180 MB [probably can be smaller] mounted as /boot/efi & with boot + esp flags.

    Over time, as your familiarity with Linux increases & your regard for Windows shrinks, you'd actually be able to adjust the Linux / Windows space allocation balance... sooner or later you'll realise that there's ever-decreasing need [& desire] to launch the Win VM coz for all the pgms you need you'll have found good Linux replacements, hence one by one you can remove those from the VM, & shrink the VM down, giving you more storage space in /home.

    There's MANY good variants on that plan available, but that's just an idea for you to consider if you like.

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