Edge on Linux: Thoughts from a Linux user
npro last edited by npro
@hlehyaric Well Dep.of Justice and court were eating his for a short time but then Balmer & lobbyists freed him so that he can build toilets now in India.
@tosim , makes more sense than using Chrome or Opera (current version) on Linux, searching with Gargle and posting in Fakebook.
Steffie last edited by
@Hadden89 Oh damn you! I was already living on the edge with the other recent posts here [don't worry about your confusion Lilo, i have no doubt that in some mysterious way it was probably all my fault, again], then this one made me choke on my muesli & have a coughing fit. You monster!
Edge on Linux...
- Well it is terribly Fast but FF and Vivaldi are both Syncing and have extensions to load
- Has an option to prevent sites from exfiltrating what is in your Clipboard cache
- Has option to clear cookies, cache, etc on exit
- Has no Menu Bar
- Privacy options ~
- Must login to Chrome Play Store
- Tab controls
We'll see how things go.
Microsoft + Chromium, what could possibly go wrong?
Catweazle last edited by
@greybeard , In Windows 10 I open EDGE, I go to Search Engines settings.
Search Engine is Bing. I click on Change Search Engine, the MS page opens with the help, they say 'Select the search engine from the list in EDGE.
List of Search Engines in EDGE, Only Bing and no option for change
@Catweazle I agrree. There needs to be improvement in that area. As I use Bing as a primary search engine (I find its results most relevant to my requests) it is not so much of an issue with me.
@greybeard , same privacy and filter bubble problem as in Google and less results. Search engines that in my searches do not offer neutral results, instead of adapting to my preferences, they do not serve me. Just like asking someone who always agrees with me, even though I'm not right
Just like asking someone who always agrees with me, even though I'm not right
I was looking through available extensions (beta) and did find one for Ecosia and DDG. Not sure how their extension system works but I'd be surprised if there were not more coming.
I want Edge to get better, so I help out. Report bugs and so on. You can choose your search engine, even DuckDuckGo. Choose address bar on "Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar" you search in other search engines. You can even delete Bing, if you don't want it.
I actually like the New Tab, better than speed dials, for I can have a nice Favourites Bar with all folders on it with drop down pages. I'd be quite happy to get rid of speed dials, and get back to favourites Bar, in Vivaldi/Opera. You can't sync yet, but most probably will be able to, after a final release.
Last night i was looking to cleanup some 15-year-old data files i've been routinely backing up all this time. Some of these were
datarchives from the extinct Yahoo IM. Before i deleted them [given i assumed they were now forevermore unreadable] i thought i might do a quick search for some 3rd-party decoder, & i found some.
Alas, naturally, they were all
.exe-based, so i needed to fire up one of my windoze10 VMs in my Nix host. Given it's been weeks since i last bashed my head with a hammer or shoved my hand in a meat grinder, once inside the VM, in a moment of mania, i eschewed my Vivaldi & Firefox shortcuts & instead decided to try this confounded Edge thing, to d/l the decoders.
OMZ, it is unspeakably horrible. To complement, certainly not compliment, the horrendous windoze10 itself outrageously spamming me with ads, this nasty browser also bombarded me with passive & dynamic, audio-enabled, ads on all tabs i tried. Simply ghastly. I shall not fire it up again.
I will never install Edge in any Nix of mine, but i do wonder this: to those of you who have used Nix Edge, is it as badly spammy as the native windoze variant?
@guigirl With Edge, the out-of-the-box default experience took me aback and I also found using it rather disconcerting initially. However, fortunately, its more obnoxious behaviours can be disabled and you can install content blockers (uBO, Privacy Badger, etc.) to eliminate ads and further improve privacy. Its most redeeming feature on Win10 is the ability to stream 4K content, and Edge is also pretty stable so it can be useful for testing purposes. I don't have it installed on Linux so I can't compare it to the Windows version.
On Linux, I would install Edge before I install Chrome, but I still prefer Vivaldi, by far, over any other browser out there, not only for its superior user experience but for the integrity and high ethical standards of the company and people that created it.
mib2berlin last edited by
Hi, what do you meant with "Spam", the information and news for free?
You can disable this.
@mib2berlin Whoops, i realise now that my post is quite stupid. I have not seen ads in any browser for years, because for years i have set each of them up to prohibit all that crap. In other words, i had [yes, i know, this next statement is going to sound NUTS to you] become completely acclimatised to the paradigm that [for me] "web browsing is a totally ads-free experience". Thus, when i first-ran that Edge thing, it of course had no protection available, so the ugly web hit me in the face, full-force.
I would say though, that i was already in a bad mood even before launching Edge, because i continue to be outraged at the concept & practice of an actual OS itself, whacking ads onto the desktop to harass the user. That's deplorable. Thank dog i don't need windoze for real.
@stardust , this is what they mean with "Improve the User experience", and this is what I have disabled in Windows, apart of other crap.
@stardust What is shopping?