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Google's Chrome Web Browser Finally Arrives On Mac And Linux

Google's Chrome Web Browser Finally Arrives On Mac And Linux

As Google continues on its path to world domination, it's more than just Offline Gmail and Chrome OS getting attention. Just in time for the holidays, Google has announced that its Chrome Web browser is now available (in beta form, of course) for those "other" operating systems. You know, Mac and Linux! We kid, we kid.

Chrome has only been out for a few months over on the Windows side, and while it hasn't garnered the kind of following that Firefox has quite yet, we're guessing it will only be a matter of time before those figures start to go Google's way. Google is attempting to bring a "first-class browser for the Mac," and given that Apple itself is dabbling in the browser world with Safari, we're confident that Cupertino will take issue with that challenge. The company has stated that it's "proud" of the speed seen on the Mac side, and we're told that on most modern Macs, the browser launches before the icon even has time to bounce once in the dock.

For more details on this beta release of Google Chrome for Mac, read on in the Google Mac blog or watch this video from one of our engineers, Mike Pinkerton:


As for Linux, the Chrome Beta also aims for speed, stability and security, and that means tight integration with native GTK themes. Naturally, the open source community has helped out a lot here, and in case that wasn't enough, Google is also launching extensions for Linus and Windows (in Beta). As of now, over 300 extensions are available, and if that grows larger, you can expect quite a few individuals that are used to using Firefox extensions to give this one a try. In fact, why don't you? Are any of you Mac/Linux users thinking of giving this a download? It's free, after all.


Just as important, we've had quite a bit of help from the open source community. More than 50 open source contributors have worked on Chromium and they've been especially helpful on delivering our Linux version of Google Chrome. For more details on the beta release of Google Chrome for Linux, check out the Chromium blog.

If you're on a PC or a Linux machine, you can check out more than 300 extensions in the gallery, including a few cool, useful and cute extensions. Extensions aren't quite beta-quality on Mac yet, but you will be able to preview them on a developer channel soon. And if you're a web developer, you can learn more about writing extensions for Google Chrome on the Chromium blog.

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The one thing that might have me using Chrome more are the extensions now available for the dev builds. flashbock is definitely needed in Chrome.

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News:
Are any of you Mac/Linux users thinking of giving this a download?

Oh yeah. I actually love Chrome. FF still rains king on my desktop, but when I am on my netbook in Win 7 I always use Chrome. I'm going to grab my netbook and install it under Ubuntu Netbook Remix now.

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Hey bob have you upgraded Ubuntu to 9.10?

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Yeah did the in place upgrade. Worked like a charm and UNR 9.10 looks super sleek.

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I installed Chrome a couple of days back. I've only used it a couple of times though: The Adblock extensions aren't as nice as FF's yet. I like to unblock specific sites, like HH, where I don't find the ads to be intrusive or irrelevant. Also: There's no equivalent to the FireFTP extension. :(

64-bit Chrome with working Flash 10 (alpha) - on Kubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 (alpha1) w/KDE4.4 (beta1) desktop.

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Great browser, splendid work by the developers ; too bad, however, that the Linux team didn't post a YouTube video like their Mac counterparts ! In any event, at the rate this is going, I'm soon going to have to give serious consideration to making Chromium my default browser on 64-bit Ubuntu Karmic. If only I could get my Delicious bookmarks to open in a sidepanel, as in Firefox !...

Henri

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There was an updated beta version of Chrome in Google's Debian repo's today, bringing it from version 4.0.249.30-r33928 to 4.0.249.43-r34537.  The unstable/testing version is currently at 4.0.266.0-r3399.

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