Google Chrome ‘Developer’ Builds for Linux, OS X Released

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The Chromium blog (Chromium being Google’s name for the open source project behind their Chrome browser) reports that developer builds of Google Chrome are now available for both Mac OS X and Linux.

Google Chrome has always been promised to be a cross-platform browser, right from when it was originally launched in September last year.

This is just the beginning — Google Chrome is far from done. We’re releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We’re hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust.

However, up until today there have been no officially Google-branded Chrome releases for anything other than Windows.

Google are making it quite clear that Chrome is far from finished on the Mac and Linux platforms, strongly advising you not to use the browser unless you’re a developer, or love living on the bleeding edge.

Chrome for Linux warning screenshot

It does seem to work pretty well actually as a browser, however. I’ve only played with it for a short time, but it seems to feel a lot snappier than Firefox on this machine. While the missing bits of functionality, such as plugins, does mean that it can’t really yet (and probably shouldn’t) become your primary browser, Chrome for Linux looks really promising as an excellent WebKit-based browser for Linux and a strong competitor for Firefox.

Chrome displaying the FOSSwire homepage

Right now, there are only .deb packages for x86 and x86-64 (AMD64) available, so you’ll need a Debian or Ubuntu system to run the test build. On my 64-bit Ubuntu 9.04 system it runs really well.

To download this test release, go across to the Chromium Dev Channel and scroll down to the 'For Linux’ heading. Also do take note that the installation package will add Google’s repository to your system to automatically keep Chrome up to date.

What do you think of Google Chrome? Do we need another browser on Linux? Is Google Chrome set to be the best WebKit browser on Linux, the best browser in its own right or simply unnecessary or undesired on the platform? Have your say both in the comments and in the forums.

Avatar for peter Peter Upfold - http://peter.upfold.org.uk/

Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Google Chrome ‘Developer’ Builds for Linux, OS X Released

  1. # Posted on 10 June 2009 at 10:08 PM

    I like your website a lot... Going to refer you in one of my Youtube videos as a place a nob or experienced user can go for... Setup information on Ubuntu linux....

    Now back to the discussion on Google Chrome...

    I watched my friends Youtube video on this same topic...

    I didn't see it pointed out that Google Chrome saves the sites you visit in this article...

    You can check out his video his name on Youtube is getbletu... Be warned....

    He does cuss ,but he has a wealth of good videos....

    Mainly he uses Gnome desktop...

    Now after using both Firefox and Opera.... I see no need for another browser in Linux.... But that being said there is a wealth of ideas and progress being made by Google with Google Docs, Email and Earth... If Google ever makes one interface were all the programs are linked... This would make for a very power online Suite of programs.... Nothing I have seen by Google addresses a way for all there tools to come together easy and upfront...

    I don't think Google hasn't addressed....Use vs Power in there Apps... They should change there search engine look to incorporate there programs....Much like your menu on your website ....

    Well got to run great website.....

    My name on Youtube is Theckonestroh.... You can checkout my videos out sorry I'm not that polished yet at making Youtube videos yet... Work in progress....



  2. James (guest)

    # Posted on 08 July 2009 at 08:58 AM

    Google chrome is doing pretty well I guess. We must keep in mind that google is new to the business of browsers and I think they will improve it a lot with the passage of time. For now, what they are proving is fast browsing, later on they will add more functionality to it and I think pretty soon.



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