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Edge on Linux: Package Formats?

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@MissyQ "Make Edge available on Linux" made it to the Top Feedback List about three months ago, and from what I can gather from the trade press and third-party forums on the on the question, a Linux Edge release is anticipated sometime this summer. 

 

For those of us who work with Linux and need to plan ahead for testing, it would be very helpful to know what package formats -- e.g. deb, eopkg, rpm, Flatpak, Snapd -- Microsoft plans to release for testing and/or deployment. 

 

Would it be possible for you to ask the Edge on Linux development team about this and let us know?

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@tomscharbach Hey, Tom! Thanks so much for the question. Unfortunately, I don't have an answer at this time. Any details I have for everyone will end up being posted in my top feedback summaries, so be sure to keep an eye out there for those (as you've clearly been doing). I will try to keep in mind to ask the team if there's package details for Linux whenever I get my first updates so that I can address that as soon as possible.

 

I seriously love seeing everyone's excitement for this version of Edge, and I understand that people's excitement is growing. Please do not hesitate to tag me in other question posts, or simply send me a private message. :D

 

Missy Quarry (she/her/hers)
Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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@MissyQ  "Any details I have for everyone will end up being posted in my top feedback summaries, so be sure to keep an eye out there for those (as you've clearly been doing). I will try to keep in mind to ask the team if there's package details for Linux whenever I get my first updates so that I can address that as soon as possible."

 

Thanks, MissyQ.  I hope that the Edge on Linux team will be able to provide you with the information, assuming that the team is far enough along in the project to have developed a delivery strategy. 

 

I'll check with sources in the Flatpak and eopkg communities and see if anyone knows anything, as well, and report any reliable information I get from them to you by private message.  

 

I'm reasonably confident that Microsoft will release Flatpak and Snapd packages because those formats package dependencies along with the app (less impact on the kernel/distro, updated independently) and are supported by many/most distros.  I think that most Linux users would like to see Microsoft develop "native" deb, eopkg, rpm packages as well, though (arguably better integration) but that is a more complicated undertaking, and Microsoft might not think that is cost effective.

 

We'll know more in 6-12 months, I imagine.

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@tomscharbachI would assume they will be snap first since Microsoft and Canonical have such a tight relationship and code, teams, and powershell are already snaps maintained my Microsoft.

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Naah, i think that ms takes same approach with edge what they have with skype for linux. There are deb, rpm and perhaps snap?. Deb is most important one because debian based systems are the largest desktop linux distros. I dont personally like those universal package formats because they not integrate very nicely to different desktops and some of them are very large by filesize and they are slow, something what you dont want be in case with browser.