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If you have a Linux-capable Chromebook, you can now install Microsoft Edge for Linux and see what an Edgebook would be like. You know, if Microsoft ever made one.

Granted, the experience isn’t perfect: you can’t make Edge your default browser in Chrome OS, of course. I’m not sure really sure what the performance hit is when you use Linux, and Linux apps, under Chrome OS. And there are some weird visual issues with Chrome OS—and no Dark mode, go figure—that make it less than ideal. But it’s still sort of interesting.

To get started, you first need to install Linux on a compatible Chromebook. Google’s instructions can be found here.

Next, use Chrome to visit the Microsoft Edge website. The site will explain that Edge isn’t compatible with Chrome OS.

But fear not: if you search the page for the term “Linux” you will find download links for in *.deb and *.rpm. You want the former (*.deb), and when you download the file, it will be saved to the Downloads folder on your Chromebook. You can find this by opening the Files app and navigating to My files > Downloads. (But this should be the default view.)

Instead of double-clicking this file, right-click and choose “Install with Linux” from the menu that appears and then step through the prompts.

A Linux installer notification will display the install progress.

And then Microsoft Edge runs normally.

Step through the application setup and sign in to your Microsoft account for the full experience.

In time—this took several minutes in my case—everything will sync to the browser, including your extensions.

Chrome OS doesn’t support a Dark mode yet, but you can still change Edge to Dark mode, or some other theme, in settings.

And that’s it. You can now browse the web using Microsoft Edge with your Chromebook.

 

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