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Trying to install as directed, my Terminal output contains the following:

user@user-computer:~$ snap install brave --beta
The program 'snap' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt install snapd
user@user-computer:~$ sudo apt install snapd
[sudo] password for user: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  ibus-mozc libllvm3.8 libmircommon5 linux-headers-4.4.0-21
  linux-headers-4.4.0-21-generic linux-headers-4.4.0-93
  linux-headers-4.4.0-93-generic linux-headers-4.4.0-96
  linux-headers-4.4.0-96-generic linux-image-4.4.0-21-generic
  linux-image-4.4.0-93-generic linux-image-4.4.0-96-generic
  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-21-generic linux-image-extra-4.4.0-93-generic
  linux-image-extra-4.4.0-96-generic
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following additional packages will be installed:
  squashfs-tools
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  snapd squashfs-tools
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
Need to get 8,625 kB of archives.
After this operation, 41.8 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/ubuntu xenial/main i386 squashfs-tools i386 1:4.3-3ubuntu2 [111 kB]
Get:2 http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/ubuntu xenial-updates/main i386 snapd i386 2.28.5 [8,514 kB]
Fetched 8,625 kB in 2s (4,261 kB/s) 
Selecting previously unselected package squashfs-tools.
(Reading database ... 265067 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../squashfs-tools_1%3a4.3-3ubuntu2_i386.deb ...
Unpacking squashfs-tools (1:4.3-3ubuntu2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package snapd.
Preparing to unpack .../archives/snapd_2.28.5_i386.deb ...
Unpacking snapd (2.28.5) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Setting up squashfs-tools (1:4.3-3ubuntu2) ...
Setting up snapd (2.28.5) ...
user@user-computer:~$ snap install brave --beta
error: snap "brave" not found (at least in channel "beta")
user@user-computer:~$ 
(/usr/lib/firefox/firefox:3115): dconf-WARNING **: Unable to open /var/lib/menu-xdg/dconf/profile/user: Permission denied

Is the problem that my laptop is 32-bit and this software is 64-bit? Should I change the server to a different country? (How would I do that?)

I suspect the answer is that there is no 32-bit version available, that snap automatically takes into account my processor type, and hence there are no installation files in the 32-bit channel.

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The accepted answer is obsolete because the Brave browser snap package has been discontinued. The current instructions for installing Brave browser in Ubuntu from the official Brave browser website are as follows. Open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl
curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -
source /etc/os-release
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ $UBUNTU_CODENAME main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-${UBUNTU_CODENAME}.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install brave-browser

At the official Brave web browser download website it says that Brave web browser for Linux is only available for 64-bit architecture operating systems, so there is no 32-bit version available for your operating system. For 64-bit architecture OSs the command to install the brave snap package is:

sudo snap install brave   

Brave is fast, lightweight, and includes advanced ad tracker blocking controls. Brave includes HTTPS Everywhere integration, blocks cookie capture, script blocking is built-in, and features a decent ad blocker.

Brave browser blocks a lot of pop-up windows that can make browsing a frustrating and unpleasant experience. Most of the time this is a good thing unless you are visiting a website that serves some of its content as links that when clicked open up overlay pop-up windows on the same page. Brave browser will sometimes not open these pop-up windows even when the link is clicked. If you want to see the pop-up window you need to open the same webpage in another web browser.

  • I would say it's implied (since it only lists x64 and 64-bit) but not clearly stated. – Internet User Dec 9 '17 at 0:01
  • A shame, since the 32 bit machines need it the most. – mckenzm May 16 '18 at 0:54
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I doubt whether using snap is the best way to install Brave on Ubuntu, as I had update problems after following that approach.

I uninstalled the snap version because of the recommendation here on https://snapcraft.io/brave:

We recommend downloading Brave using the instructions at https://brave-browser.readthedocs.io/en/latest/installing-brave.html instead. This Snap is community maintained and may not be on the latest Brave release.

There they recommend:

Release Channel Installation

Ubuntu 16.04+ and Mint 18+

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl
curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/brave-browser-release.gpg add -
source /etc/os-release
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ $UBUNTU_CODENAME main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-${UBUNTU_CODENAME}.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install brave-browser

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