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Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:37 am
by zorro
...I always delete the update notifier EXE after unpacking 8)

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:09 pm
by Emka
Specular wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:51 am
I've read comments elsewhere that defend this by saying other browsers run such background check programs
Doesn't installed Firefox run the Mozilla Maintenance Service?

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:06 pm
by Specular
Emka wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:09 pm
Specular wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:51 am
I've read comments elsewhere that defend this by saying other browsers run such background check programs
Doesn't installed Firefox run the Mozilla Maintenance Service?
Looks to be optional. I've never encountered it myself in either install though.

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:44 am
by webfork
Emka wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:09 pm
Doesn't installed Firefox run the Mozilla Maintenance Service?
Not on the portable version. Also, with the installed version, it's very easy to disable.

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:26 am
by SYSTEM
Vivaldi 3.0 is out. Vivaldi Technologies has introduced a built-in ad and tracking blocker, ability to seek videos in Picture-in-Picture mode and a timer feature: https://vivaldi.com/blog/1-day-2-big-vi ... -releases/

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:54 am
by rfithen
Meh,.... I dislike these non-portable chrome "spin-offs". The only portable chrome derivatives I've seen that retain settings are:
Cent Browser and Slim Browser version 10.

Re: Vivaldi - Opera Browser Alternative

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:17 am
by Midas
Vivaldi Portable Redux:

At first I tried to (Uni)extract Vivaldi installer only to get a 'setup.exe' file which Uniextractor2 couldn't chew.

Then, I ran the downloaded installer package (62MB for x64), clicked "Advanced", selected "Install Standalone" under "Installation Type", chose local path to a new "Vivaldi" folder on my Desktop and ended up with two sub-folders inside: "Application" and "User Data".

The former contains two executables, 'vivaldi.exe' and 'update_notifier.exe'; the second is where user profiles reside.

Having done this twice already, I can say the procedure always ends by auto-running the browser un-prompted, which I find really irksome because it immediately leaves traces in the system registry (mainly in 'HKCU\Software\Vivaldi') and '%APPDATA%\Vivaldi'.

I proceed then to erase those traces -- as well as the 'update_notifier.exe' and the 'SetupMetrics' folder present inside 'Application' that aren't required for running the browser.

Next I placed a yaP launcher in my upper level 'Vivaldi' folder with the following configuration:

Code: Select all

; configuration file for yaP v0.7.1.5 (http://yap.rolandtoth.hu/)
; application name: Vivaldi Standalone
; version: v3.1.1929.34
; website: https://vivaldi.com/

[GENERAL]
application = Application\vivaldi.exe

; commandline = 
; workdir = 

[BEFORE]
regkey = HKCU\Software\Vivaldi

; dir = %Appdata%\Dir
; file = %Appdata%\Dir\File.ini
; regkey = HKCU\Software\RegKey

[AFTER]
-dir = %AppData%\Vivaldi
-file = %USERPROFILE%\.vivaldi_reporting_data
-regkey = HKCU\Software\Google\Chrome

...
As noted previously, upgrading this portable setup is a matter of going to its 'Application' folder and replacing 'vivaldi.exe' and the version numbered sub-folder with the ones from an updated version.

Issues left to check/solve: portability of passwords/extensions...

BTW, prior posts I recommend reading in the current topic (in chronological order):
viewtopic.php?p=73288#p73288
viewtopic.php?p=78058#p78058
viewtopic.php?p=80274#p80274
viewtopic.php?p=80270#p80270
viewtopic.php?p=85021#p85021
viewtopic.php?p=88233#p88233
viewtopic.php?p=88221#p88221
viewtopic.php?p=92355#p92355
viewtopic.php?p=89199#p89199


Should you care about what the complete final folder structure looks like, I posted it to https://i.postimg.cc/pXYG1FL7/hierarchy.png...

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:01 pm
by Midas
Quick note to confirm that -- following zorro's comment in Vivaldi's database entry -- I also found yet another leftover at '%USERPROFILE%\.vivaldi_reporting_data'.

The last file content is as follows -- note the unique userID:
{"description":"This file contains data used for counting users.
If you are worried about privacy implications, please see
https://help.vivaldi.com[ ]/article/how-we-count-our-users/",
"installation_time":"13236781422000000",
"next_daily_ping":"13236870901512444",
"next_monthly_ping":"13239376501512000",
"next_weekly_ping":"13237389301512444",
"unique_user_id":"078E340C3F925436"}

yaP launcher config above updated.

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:24 am
by Midas
Vivaldi v3.3 (build 2022.47) released (changelog at https://vivaldi.com/blog/minor-update-android-3-3/).

Release announcements archive is at https://vivaldi.com/blog/news/.

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:31 pm
by billon
Very nice!
Off by one, slowly but steady! :lol:
Some day, all chromium shit will be purged from TPFC :mrgreen:

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:56 am
by Midas
Topic update: Vivaldi Stable v3.4 (build 2066.76) released 2020-10-21.

There's isn't any straight old-school changelog, only a mishmash of announcements and blog posts... :confused:

https://vivaldi.com/whats-new-in-vivaldi-3-4/
https://vivaldi.com/changelog-vivaldi-3-4-on-desktop/
https://vivaldi.com/blog/three-cheers-t ... n-arrives/

Further good news: while manually updating my (so-called 'portable') copy, I noticed that Uniextractor2 now recognizes the installer and easily unpacks it to a 'vivaldi.7z' archive, which can then be further extracted to yield the relevant files for updating (as detailed above), circumventing those irksome impromptu launches. Hooray! :innocent:

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:24 am
by SYSTEM
Midas wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:56 am
Further good news: while manually updating my (so-called 'portable') copy, I noticed that Uniextractor2 now recognizes the installer and easily unpacks it to a 'vivaldi.7z' archive, which can then be further extracted to yield the relevant files for updating (as detailed above), circumventing those irksome impromptu launches. Hooray! :innocent:
You can use the built-in updater to update a portable copy (Help -> Check for Updates...). Doing so won't disable portable mode.

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:39 am
by Midas
SYSTEM wrote:You can use the built-in updater to update a portable copy (Help -> Check for Updates...). Doing so won't disable portable mode.

Good to know. Thank you. :sunglasses:

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:53 am
by SYSTEM
Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar have entered Technical Preview: https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-mail-t ... l-preview/

Re: Vivaldi (Opera [inspired] browser alternative)

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:27 am
by Midas
Quick post to note that the internal updater will stop working if you remove 'update_notifier.exe'.

Obvious -- but only as an afterthought... :roll: