Recently Microsoft unveiled through an announcement the official launch of the first stable version of your new "Edge" web browser for Linux.
This new release is based on the Chromium 95 engine (recently released), Edge for Linux supports all the standard features previously available for Windows and macOS.
Inside the included features mention is made of support for connecting to a Microsoft account, a way to selectively clear cookies and delete various session data when the browser is closed, the ability to attach annotations to pages, three blocking modes for web trackers and visitor tracking code, synchronization between devices, parental mode, SmartScreen protection against malicious activity, vertical tabs, grouping of tabs, collections, an interface to compare prices in online stores and the "reader" mode.
It is also highlighted that a experimental mode called "Super Duper Secure" which is also available if it is not enabled in the following path "edge: // flags # enable-super-duper-secure-mode", which disables JIT and enables hardware protection mechanisms not compatible with JIT CET (Controlflow- Enforcement Technology), ACG (Arbitrary Code Guard) and CFG (Control Flow Guard) for processes that process web content.
For those who do not know the browser, you should know that Microsoft started developing a new version of the Edge browser, translated to the Chromium engine and developing as a multiplatform product. While working on a new browser, Microsoft joined the community to develop Chromium and began to return to the project created for Edge enhancements and bug fixes.
For example, enhancements related to technologies for people with disabilities, touch screen control, support for the ARM64 architecture, improved scrolling capabilities, and multimedia processing have been carried over to Chromium. The D3D11 backend for ANGLE has been optimized and refined, intermediate layers to translate OpenGL ES calls to OpenGL, Direct3D 9/11, Desktop GL and Vulkan. The WebGL engine developed by Microsoft is open source.
How to install the stable version of Edge for Linux?
For those who are interested in being able to install the stable version of Edge in their distribution, they should know that the repository that contains the package "microsoft-edge-stable_95" has the browser available only in rpm and deb formats for Fedora, openSUSE, Ubuntu and Debian.
In the release note, Linux builds are now marked as official, but on the main browser site, the Linux platform is not yet included in the number of supported platforms and for Linux distributions they continue to offer beta and dev versions for installation, so for now to be able to obtain and install the package stable browser must follow the instructions that we share below.
In the first case to be able to get in package .deb to use it in distributions with support for this type of packages such as Debian, Ubuntu and any of their derivatives.
We must open a terminal in the system and in it we are going to type the following command:
Once the package has been downloaded, you can now proceed to install the browser with your preferred package manager or from the terminal itself we can perform the installation by typing the following command:
sudo apt install ./microsoft-edge-stable_95.0.1020.40-1_amd64.deb
And voila, you can now search for the browser in your application menu to make use of it.
Finally pFor those who are users of distributions with support for RPM packages as are Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS and other derivatives of these, the package for your system is obtained by typing the following command in a terminal:
Once the download is done, you can install the package obtained with your preferred package manager or from the same terminal you can install by typing the following command:
sudo rpm -i microsoft-edge-stable-95.0.1020.40-1.x86_64.rpm
And ready with it, they will have the browser installed on their system and ready to be used.
Finally, as additional data, it is worth mentioning that the package is now also available for Arch Linux and derivatives from the AUR repository and to perform the installation they must have this repository enabled and have an AUR wizard.
The command to perform the installation is:
yay -S microsoft-edge-stable-bin