Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux in October


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In context: Although it isn't perfect, Microsoft's new and improved Edge browser is certainly a significant improvement over its far less popular predecessor. The Chromium-powered browser is now a genuine alternative to Chrome and Firefox, but only on Windows and Mac. Linux users have largely been left out of the loop -- until now, that is.

Come next month, Microsoft Edge will finally arrive on Linux, in the form of a developer preview build. Since it won't be a full release right away, you might run into the occasional bug or glitch while browsing the web, though Microsoft's engineers will probably do their best to ensure it's stable. Probably.

In any case, you'll have two main options for snagging Edge for Linux in October: you can grab it from the Edge Insiders site by downloading the "preview channel," or you can simply use Linux's built-in package manager.

If you use the browser on Linux and have any thoughts on its functionality, be they positive or negative, Microsoft encourages you to drop them a line and share your experiences. You can do so through the Edge Insider forum or the Edge Dev Twitter account.

There likely won't be any significant differences between Edge for Linux and Edge for other platforms -- you should still have access to the same Chrome add-ons, and all the Chromium (and Edge-specific) features you've come to expect.

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But the reason people switch to Linux based OS is exactly that, to get away from Microsofts bloat.
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I use Mint, Ubuntu(not so much anymore), Debian(the Distro for people who hate themselves) and Manjaro. Manjaro and Mint have ended up being my go-tos.

That said, why the eff would I ever want to use an M$ product on Linux? The whole reason I switched to linux is that I found that dealing with the dumpsterfire that is windows 10 is exhausting. I lost sound after the latest windows 10 update and I didn't even know it was updating until I restarted. I can't roll anything back, I can't see what the drivers are doing. I have no control or direct understanding of what the OS is doing. I can fix most linux problems in a single line of code. I've been fighting with Windows 10 after an update for almost 2 weeks now because I'm getting ready to play Cyberpunk.

I have both Windows 10 and Linux installed on my PC because there are stupid things you simply can't do in Linux due to software bureaucracy. Luckily, they're getting fewer everyday.

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I have been trying out Edge for the past week or so, I can't see what it offers over any other browser. Linux already has a selection to choose from so I'm not sure what they will accomplish by this. I doubt I will be installing it on my Linux partition any time soon.


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Everyone acting like MS is forcing you to install it. Not like they aren't known for that, but at least not in the Linux world. Glass half full version: more choices = better. :)


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This to me just reeks of defeat on Windows.

When a drug lord can't gain ground in one city. They move to the next and fail even more spectacularly.
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