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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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vipor29 27 Oct, 2020
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 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 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?

that's have a right to your opinion.
whizse 27 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyI'll have a look. Although really what I'm working with is generally files that are already .pdf when I receive them. It really seems like software on Linux for manipulating .pdf files is pretty limited--and of course Adobe never port anything to Linux unless they can do it in a half-assed way that leaves Linux a second-class citizen.
Sorry! Guess I skipped some posts in the beginning of the discussion.

Anyhow, I feel your pain. Lack of a decent PDF editor has been a a sore spot for me too. Quite often I end up decompressing the PDF and editing it for hand in a text editor. That's not exactly a selling point for the whole Linux desktop experience.

I've even thought about creating my own simple editor for the stuff I usually need to do. Like editing metadata, adjusting page numbering or adding a ToC.

But doing a full blown editor, that's a daunting task. I've skimmed the PDF spec, and that thing is a behemoth. I'm surprised we even have good viewers, let alone an editor.
slaapliedje 28 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: ageresPDF files aren't meant to be edited, and for creating e-books from scans there is DVJU. People sending you PDFs should send images instead.
Well they won't. How about I stand on principle and refuse to do my job?
I keep meaning to test Calamus SL's ability to import and export PDFs to see if I can use it to edit. Granted it's not exactly a Linux native application, it's actually written for the Atari ST and uses an embedded emulator for Windows, and it works perfectly in Wine.
dvd 28 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: ageresPDF files aren't meant to be edited, and for creating e-books from scans there is DVJU. People sending you PDFs should send images instead.
Well they won't. How about I stand on principle and refuse to do my job?

Well without knowing what kind of stuff you scan/edit (digital art, images, text) it's hard to guess what you could do to get around not having adobe on your linux pc.

For me it's mostly cropping cellphone photos of notes, so for that gwenview is more than enough. For the rare case when i need to extract an image from a pdf, i just copy it from okular into gimp or krita for editing or save it directly. Or i use convert to to get images from or save them to a pdf.
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