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Microsoft confirm their new Chromium-powered Edge browser is coming to Linux

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Not Linux gaming related, sure but still very interesting news. During their Ignite conference, Microsoft confirmed their new Chromium-based Edge browser will release for Linux.

The new Edge will release in full on January 15 next year, although it's not currently known when the Linux version will land. It's not just going to be using Chromium behind the scenes though, Microsoft are actively contributing to the open source code. This was talked about during their recent "State of the browser: Microsoft Edge" presentation.


Image Source: Microsoft.

During the presentation when the slide above was on-screen, Microsoft's Colleen Williams simply said "[…] and Linux is coming at a later time." towards the end of the slide. Hilariously, if you turn your volume up you can hear a single "woo!" from someone in the crowd. You can watch the event yourself here. Linux is mentioned at 08:34.

Microsoft also confirmed during the presentation that the new Edge will be compatible with Chrome extensions, with most being able to work without any change. It will also include a web-based cross-platform store, so it won't be tied to Windows.

I think it's good that Microsoft is moving towards open source software, rather than sticking to their own proprietary projects. Enabling users to have their favourite applications on Linux breaks down another barrier to entry, which is a really important point. I know, I know, Edge is not exactly one of those big favourite applications (yet). My wider point here is that change can be difficult for anyone, even a small change, so if you can keep a few things the same it makes it easier. We all know someone, or we've seen it mentioned somewhere about x application not being available on Linux.

Options are good. Microsoft being more open is great. Hopefully this keeps up, could you imagine if they fully opened up something like DirectX/Direct3D in future and made it cross-platform or they slowly dropped it in favour of an open standard like they're doing here with Edge? Certainly would be interesting.

What do you think? Will you try it? Unleash your mind in the comments.

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Tiedemann 7 November 2019 at 10:31 pm UTC
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Just another browser that'll show up as "Google compatible" to confirm the marketshare on the net. It's just sad. I guess it's good for ppl that want to have the same applications when switching from Windows or something.
Philadelphus 8 November 2019 at 10:54 pm UTC
As I already use Chrome (and Chromium) I'm not going to be switching, but…interesting? I guess? Maybe it'll help people switching from Windows?
nate 9 November 2019 at 2:09 am UTC
I already use four browsers (Chromium, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome). I really do not need a fifth. Sorry, M$. =P
slaapliedje 9 November 2019 at 7:35 pm UTC
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nateI already use four browsers (Chromium, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome). I really do not need a fifth. Sorry, M$. =P
Opera was my go to webkit browser until they were bought by some Chinese company. At which point who knows what's included in the binary

I tend to only use Firefox or Epiphany, with the random Chromium when some sites haven't updated their ciphers, which Firefox frowns upon and no longer work with. I'm forced to at the moment due to some necessary appliance crap. Please everyone, update your stuff to work with modern ciphers. Thank you.
Purple Library Guy 9 November 2019 at 8:24 pm UTC
slaapliedje
nateI already use four browsers (Chromium, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome). I really do not need a fifth. Sorry, M$. =P
Opera was my go to webkit browser until they were bought by some Chinese company. At which point who knows what's included in the binary

I tend to only use Firefox or Epiphany, with the random Chromium when some sites haven't updated their ciphers, which Firefox frowns upon and no longer work with. I'm forced to at the moment due to some necessary appliance crap. Please everyone, update your stuff to work with modern ciphers. Thank you.
Second time I've seen someone talking about ciphers. What's a cipher? (well, in this context; I know the base meaning of the word)
Eike 9 November 2019 at 9:14 pm UTC
Purple Library GuySecond time I've seen someone talking about ciphers. What's a cipher? (well, in this context; I know the base meaning of the word)

The algorithms they're using for encryption, signing, hashing.
slaapliedje 10 November 2019 at 7:13 pm UTC
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Purple Library Guy
slaapliedje
nateI already use four browsers (Chromium, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome). I really do not need a fifth. Sorry, M$. =P
Opera was my go to webkit browser until they were bought by some Chinese company. At which point who knows what's included in the binary

I tend to only use Firefox or Epiphany, with the random Chromium when some sites haven't updated their ciphers, which Firefox frowns upon and no longer work with. I'm forced to at the moment due to some necessary appliance crap. Please everyone, update your stuff to work with modern ciphers. Thank you.
Second time I've seen someone talking about ciphers. What's a cipher? (well, in this context; I know the base meaning of the word)
As Eike stated. When you set up your webserver with SSL, you can choose which level of SSL (at this point everyone should probably be using TLS 1.3, and on the other level of it, eliminate RC4 ciphers. TLS1.3 should be faster and more secure than previous versions. But I bet a large portion of the internet is still using TLS1.0. Hopefully no one is using SSLv2/3 anymore...
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