Microsoft Edge Beta now available on Linux, including Ubuntu and Fedora

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Beta is now available for Linux.
  • Edge Beta is available as both a Debian / Ubuntu package and as a Fedora / openSUSE package.
  • You'll receive major updates every six weeks if you download Edge Beta.

Microsoft Edge for Linux has slowly made its way through different levels of testing by Microsoft. Edge Dev has been available for Linux for some time, and it recently gained the ability to sync passwords and favorites. Now, you can grab Edge Beta for Linux.

You can grab Edge Beta as either a .deb file for Debian / Ubuntu or a .rpm file for Fedora / openSUSE. As a result, a wide range of Linux users should be able to test the browser out.

The beta branch of Microsoft Edge is the most stable of the preview releases. It receives major updates every six weeks and is the safest way to test out new features for Edge. You might run into a few hiccups here and there, but generally, the Beta Channel is fairly stable.

If you'd like to receive more frequent updates at the cost of potentially running into more issues, you can grab Microsoft Edge Dev or Microsoft Edge Canary.

Preview versions of Edge are available on macOS, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server, Windows 10X, Hololens 2, Linux, and Windows 10.

If you'd like to add an extra layer of testing, you can use the Linux version of Edge Beta within the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10.

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3 Comments
  • It's always good to have more options available. However, you notice that we only have 3 major engines? We have Chromium(which powers Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera and Vivaldi), Gecko(which basically powers only Firefox and various forks), and WebKit(which powers Safari). Much as it wasn't the fastest engine, I'd really have liked them to keep EdgeHTML around. Just because right now, Google has a stranglehold over web development, because of their browser engine....
  • Yeah I wish Microsoft built the new Edge off of Firefox. This Chromium based Edge is giving Google too much control over the web technologies.
  • To be clear, I don't hate Google. I just think it would be much better to have a more diverse set of viable browser engines. It helps from a security standpoint, because otherwise you can have one malware that can effectively target 90% of the browsers in use right now.