Microsoft and Linux are now closer than ever.
One of the most remarkable things that happened in the last times, from my perspective, was the possibility to use Edge on Linux ( more in specific Ubuntu ) and finally having the option to have Account Sync enabled.
The install process is pretty simple. You only have to grab your deb package from https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/ and run the usual dpkg -i command to install it.
Once you have installed it, the look and feel are pretty good. You can have your preferred user interface experience in all supported Operating Systems now. Practically this means no differences in how your browser works and presents in your Windows machine(s) or Linux ( at least Ubuntu ).
There is only a minor aspect you have to consider: APT!
Installing Microsoft Edge on your Ubuntu box will add its source to your repos sources. Unfortunately, this will also result into you having an error when you run an apt update and upgrade:
joao@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Hit:1 http://mirror.transip.net/ubuntu/ubuntu focal InRelease
Hit:2 http://mirror.transip.net/ubuntu/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease
Hit:3 http://mirror.transip.net/ubuntu/ubuntu focal-security InRelease
Get:4 https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable InRelease [7343 B]
Err:4 https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable InRelease
The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY EB3E94ADBE1229CF
Reading package lists… Done
W: GPG error: https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY EB3E94ADBE1229CF
E: The repository 'https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable InRelease' is not signed.
N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
The solution for this is quite simple. You just need to run the command:
curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | sudo apt-key add –
After the command above finishes with success, just run your apt updates and upgrades as usual 🙂