Microsoft has announced the availability of the Microsoft Edge Dev Channel for Linux.
The company brought its new Chromium-based Edge (opens in new tab) browser to macOS earlier this year, and with this release, the software giant's Edge browser is now available on all major platforms including Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and now Linux. This means that developers will be able to build and test their websites with the same web platform and tools available on macOS and Windows using their preferred environment.
In its current form, Microsoft Edge for Linux supports a number of the most popular Linux distros (opens in new tab) including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE. Going forward Microsoft plans to release weekly builds as it does for its other Dev Channel releases.
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As the first version of Edge for Linux is a preview build, some end user features and services have not yet been fully enabled including the ability to sign in to Edge using a Microsoft or AAD account as well as other features such as syncing settings and favorites which require users to sign in. However, these features will be made available in a future preview.
Installing Microsoft Edge on Linux
According to Microsoft, there are two ways for users to get started using Edge on Linux though the simplest way is to download and install either a .deb or .rpm package directly from the Microsoft Edge Insider site (opens in new tab). Doing so will automatically configure your system to receive future updates when they become available.
Alternatively, users can install Microsoft Edge from the company's Linux Software Repository (opens in new tab) using their distribution's standard package management tools. This can be done by following the “Command line installation” instructions on the Microsoft Edge Insider site which are available for Debian/Ubuntu (opens in new tab) or Fedora/openSUSE (opens in new tab).
While Linux users can begin testing out Microsoft Edge on their systems, security researchers can begin searching for and submitting vulnerabilities to the company's new Microsoft Edge Bounty Program (opens in new tab). Eligible bug bounties (opens in new tab) can earn researchers anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000 depending on the severity of the vulnerabilities they find in Edge for Linux.
Since releasing Chromium-based Edge back in January, Microsoft has continually updated the new version of its browser with additional features and now that Edge is available for Linux, it will likely get the same treatment over the coming months.
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