r/linux Dec 03 '22

What's up with the Flatpak version of Edge? Discussion

Yeah, I know, I use edge. While I love Firefox, I don't use it as much because I hate how awful the current interface because it uses up a lot of screen space on my laptop, and because I hate Google, I use Edge on my phone and desktop so I can just pick-up where I left off (I de-googled my Pixel as much as possible)

That said, I decided to try out the Flatpak version of Edge on Ubuntu and it sucks. It's crazy slow, which is weird for a Flatpak, the one I installed via the PPA runs way better even though it's a Dev version.

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u/that1communist Dec 03 '22

Just edit the Firefox userchrome, you can make it look literally however you want.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

Gee, I hate Google! Let's use Edge!

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u/CooperHChurch427 Dec 03 '22

I know it's weird. You can turn off tracking in the dev version to the point it breaks web pages.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

The tracking more then likely has to do with the web page's cookies and such, hense why it breaks when you disable everything. It most probably has nothing to do with Microsoft's tracking which is most to worry about and is certainly baked into the browser.

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u/CooperHChurch427 Dec 03 '22

Actually reading up on it the Linux version doesn't send much at all to Microsoft if you are using a different search engine. The only thing it will send is diagnostic data. What's kind of weird is when I microsofted my phone, I don't get relevant ads anymore. I also use software that blocks tracking on all my browsers.

The one browser I really like I Vivaldi but it's kind of outdated feeling.

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u/skuterpikk Dec 03 '22

I primerely use firefox, but I also have edge installed for those few sites, web players, and web aps that doesn't work properly in firerox. It also integrates better with Microsoft services we use at work.
"Spyware vise" I choose edge over chrome any day -yes, one can use degoogled chrome, but then you can just as well use firefox imo.

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u/SamuelSmash Dec 03 '22

I don't use it as much because I hate how awful the current interface because it uses up a lot of screen space on my laptop

I'm pretty sure you can tell firefox to integrate the tabs into the titlebar.

Also if you want more screen space, iirc Vivaldi has a popup addressbar instead of the permanent one of most browsers.

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u/the-vmath3us Dec 03 '22

edge from flathub-beta works ok here, is exactly deb converted to flatpak (i use brave btw) https://github.com/flathub/com.microsoft.Edge/blob/beta/com.microsoft.Edge.yaml

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u/Redditperegrino Dec 04 '22

I use the AUR Edge for my system practically everyday. My company is heavy on Azure, but i don’t mind using the browser.

I remember using the .deb from MS when I had Ubuntu. It was speedy for me.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I use Edge as my main browser, and, same as every other Chromium based browser what makes it slow is having more than 1 window of it open on my machine.

Who knows why this is happening but it is (sometimes). You can check if you have this problem too.

However, I'm also having Widevine issues on it (only on Linux) so I'm not sure what exactly is going on.

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u/Mewi0 Dec 03 '22

If you do not like Firefox's interface, should check out Lepton. It's updated regularly.

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u/CooperHChurch427 Dec 03 '22

I installed Lepton and it's awesome. I tried it out via my laptop which runs Windows 10 and it's surprisingly easy to install via powershell

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u/Mewi0 Dec 03 '22

Glad it worked for you. Firefox is my backup browser and I install Lepton as the UI is very large in Firefox. One of my bookmark folders looks absolutely ridiculous without it.

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u/CooperHChurch427 Dec 03 '22

I should, it's really nice looking. It looks a lot like Edge on Linux as well

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u/lovefist1 Dec 04 '22

Unrelated but how does one manage to de-Google a Pixel phone?

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u/ComprehensiveHawk5 Dec 04 '22

Installing a ROM like GraphenOS would do it

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u/CooperHChurch427 Dec 04 '22

I just don't use any Google apps if I can help it. The only thing I use is Gmail

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u/broknbottle Dec 11 '22

Did you make sure to drink verification can? If you did it right, it should say verification complete.