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Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview

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The day has come, Microsoft have officially made their own web browser available on Linux in preview. Microsoft Edge on Linux, what a time to be alive.

While it's currently only in a preview form, this now makes Microsoft Edge available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. Microsoft said in the announcement they will be keeping the Linux version up to date in the developer channel, exactly the same as they do for macOS and Windows. Currently, they're supporting Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions. However, as expected, Arch Linux already has it up in the user repository.

Microsoft noted that the majority of features are in and should behave the same as macOS and Windows. However, the initial release only supports local accounts and does not support online sign in with a Microsoft Account or AAD account and so there's no syncing yet. They said they will be coming in a later preview.

I decided to take if for a spin for a while, take some shots and see what all the fuss is about. Here's the initial setup screens:

As a reminder, this is not the first Microsoft application to be put onto Linux. Technically Skype came way before, although that was available for Linux before the Microsoft buyout. Microsoft Teams is also available for Linux, and has been since late 2019. Still, it's a remarkable change for Microsoft overall, who were once seriously hostile to the open source community. Most of that is history now, lessons clearly learned in some places. Microsoft now love Linux right?

See the full post here.

In other Microsoft-related news, Microsoft opened up their Windows calculator application back in early 2019. Now, developers from Uno Platform have ported that over to Linux too because why the heck not. You can grab that from the Snap store if you want to try it.

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Well, it can be faster and blablabla, but what makes me still prefer Firefox is the fact that they care about privacy and security more than others.
Quoting: gustavoyaraujoWell, it can be faster and blablabla, but what makes me still prefer Firefox is the fact that they care about privacy and security more than others. I want to use a web browser that makes my experience safe, I don't care about fancy stuff and some few miliseconds when loading a webpage
wvstolzing 21 Oct
Quoting: TheRiddickI doubt this will happen anytime soon however, it's more likely we will see a Linux Distro spin from Microsoft where it slowly gets native DLL support and other things until one day it just works like windows10.

On a barely related note, there's this project for a library that would allow calling functions from windows dlls from Linux natively: https://github.com/taviso/loadlibrary

(When I found out about this I was excited for a moment, that I might be able to circumvent ancient DRM that keeps me from using the damn product I've already paid for years ago .... but then I realized I'm way out of my depth.)

Spoiler, click me
ps. Oh, and the new rainbows-and-ponies microsoft post ballmer can get f*cked as far as I'm concerned. Same with google & apple.
Patola 22 Oct
Anyone able to run GeForceNow on it? Tried even to spoof the user agent, didn't seem to work, geforcenow somehow recognized it was not chrome.
robredz 22 Oct
Quoting: MakiI'm still thinking EEE was a thing, might still be a thing, and the last thing I'd want to subject any computer to is a M$ browser... Edge might not be as bad as IE once was, but I honestly wouldn't know as I will not give it a second glance even if paid to do so. I'd need to read the source code first.
Its mainly Chrome underneath isn't it? I won't be bothering with it, Its too much Bing for me.
The_Aquabat 22 Oct
Microsoft releases a browser for Linux! The Pope endorses same-sex civil unions! what a time to be alive! I'm gonna check outside probably there's pig flying.
Eike 22 Oct
Quoting: The_AquabatMicrosoft releases a browser for Linux! The Pope endorses same-sex civil unions! what a time to be alive! I'm gonna check outside probably there's pig flying.

... or cars. I heard cars will be flying anytime soon - since the seventies, that is. :D
Eike 22 Oct
Quoting: vipor29and the comment section does not suprise me.this is why we never get things ported over due to the amount of crying there is.i am welcoming this browser with open arms.you wanna know why because microsoft is not the same company you people are thinking of.gates and ballmer are not in the company anymore nor do they have any say at all because if they were guess what none of there stuff would even be here right now.give it a chance.i don't want hear about the low marketshare because obviously microsoft sees something in linux or they would not be doing this at all.same thing with google.you would not have chrome here either if google did not believe in it.

You must have been seeing a different comment section than me. The main concern I've seen is that we don't need yet another Chromium based browser, made by Microsoft. Just like Purple Library Guy said: I'm using Windows seven hours a day, but never even voluntarily started Edge there.

It's nice that Microsoft ports some stuff over. Give me Visual Studio (not Code, the real thing!) and I'll take a look. But why would I be thankful for something I don't need or want?


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mirv 22 Oct
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Quoting: Eike
Quoting: vipor29and the comment section does not suprise me.this is why we never get things ported over due to the amount of crying there is.i am welcoming this browser with open arms.you wanna know why because microsoft is not the same company you people are thinking of.gates and ballmer are not in the company anymore nor do they have any say at all because if they were guess what none of there stuff would even be here right now.give it a chance.i don't want hear about the low marketshare because obviously microsoft sees something in linux or they would not be doing this at all.same thing with google.you would not have chrome here either if google did not believe in it.

You must have been seeing a different comment section than me. The main concern I've seen is that we don't need yet another Chromium based browser, made by Microsoft. Just like Purple Library Guy said: I'm using Windows seven hours a day, but never even voluntarily started Edge there.

It's nice that Microsoft ports some stuff over. Give me Visual Studio (not Code, the real thing!) and I'll take a look. But wy would I be thankful for something I don't need or want?

To go a little further than that, I always watch these sorts of product releases carefully because Linux (kernel) and GNU/Linux (desktop) are under very real threat of being turned into the very thing that their original idea was against: lack of control by the user.
I don't mean proprietary vs FOSS. In this case, FOSS is a guaranteed way to ensure that the user has, or can have, complete control over their own hardware (there are other good reasons for FOSS too, but they're outside this little topic). I also don't mean that the user must do everything themselves - there are conveniences to having something managed for you.
What I really mean is the user being able to have to control. To user (spelling pun intended) their system as they wish, if they wish. Windows users don't have that ability. Linux users do, and GNU/Linux users do - for the moment.
Therefore I really _do_not_ welcome this kind of product from Microsoft at face value. It fills no need not already satisfied by other browsers (I even think Google have a little too many hooks into Chrome, but there is Chromium instead, and of course Firefox) and only serves to provide Microsoft with more control over your system. And yes, there's damned good reason to be wary of Microsoft in this regard.

Oh, and I know that not everybody cares as much as I about all this kind of thing. It's not like I go to political rallies on the matter either. But I am very much aware of how GNU started, how Linux started, and the reasons that GNU/Linux has become the OS that I like to use. I think many would care if it turned into Windows by another name, which will happen if we're not careful.

(end rant)
Maki 22 Oct
Quoting: robredz
Quoting: MakiI'm still thinking EEE was a thing, might still be a thing, and the last thing I'd want to subject any computer to is a M$ browser... Edge might not be as bad as IE once was, but I honestly wouldn't know as I will not give it a second glance even if paid to do so. I'd need to read the source code first.
Its mainly Chrome underneath isn't it? I won't be bothering with it, Its too much Bing for me.
No, Chrome itself is based on the open source Chromium project.
Microsoft did the same thing Google did; adding their own telemetry and branding on top of the open source project, closing the source, and then releasing just the binaries.
So we can't even easily see what they did exactly.
The last thing I want is ANYTHING on my system reporting my activities to Redmond.
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