[irony] It will be because in Linux there are not enough web browsers [/ irony]. Most Linux distributions use Firefox as the default web browser, while many others ship with Chromium. In addition, and said like that, we also have Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Falkon ... come on, they are not few. But at some point we could still have another one, since Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux "eventually." Or so Microsoft has said this week, more specifically Kyle Pflug via Twitter.
The point is that Microsoft Edge will be Chromium-based, the open source version of Chrome, and by the time we found out, many of us wondered, more out of curiosity than for any other reason, if they would release a version for Linux. Although it is not yet official, the answer via Twitter to this question makes us think so, although we will still have to wait a little longer.
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Kyle Pflug: Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux "eventually"
Not yet - it's something we'd like to do eventually (our build system runs on Linux) but we're taking things one step at a time starting from Win10, and can't commit to Linux just yet.
- Kyle Pflug (@kylealden) April 8, 2019
"Not yet - it's something we'd like to do eventually (our system runs on Linux) but we're taking things step by step starting with Win10, and we can't commit to Linux right now."
If we read between the lines, from Pflug's tweet we can draw two conclusions: the first is that at no time does he say "no." The second is that it seems like it's something they want to do and have parked, something we can see in "Not Yet" and that they can't focus on Linux "right now."
It will have nothing to do with Google
The most important thing for some users is that Microsoft Edge will be based on Chromium, not in Chrome. Chromium is the open source version of Chrome, but the only thing it has from Google is the source code. Microsoft would make its own browser based on Chromium, the same as many of the web browsers that are scattered around the network. In fact, practically the only famous browser that is not based on Chromium is Firefox, using code from Google, its Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi, among others.
Microsoft's goal, they say, is to prevent so much fragmentation on the internet, that there is greater compatibility. This compatibility allows, for example, that most browsers use the same extensions, although it is true that some will continue to work only in Chrome.
Microsoft Edge has some cool options, But they are some options that I personally do not need or that I am used to using with other methods. Would you like Microsoft Edge to finally land on Linux?