Chrome Gets Deadline for Mac, Linux
Google sets an ambitious mid-2009 release date
Mac and Linux users anxious to run GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chrome browser now have a hard deadline for when that will be possible: the middle of 2009.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That’s what we’ve been hoping for,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Chrome product manager Brian Rakowski, in an interview, describing both efforts as proceeding Ã¢â‚¬Å“in parallelÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“at the same level of progress.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A crude Ã¢â‚¬Å“TestShellÃ¢â‚¬Â version of the browser is already available on both platforms, but its functionality is minimal at best: the Chromium developer site describes it as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“single-process test harnessÃ¢â‚¬Â for browser development, allowing developers to better debug and test the browserÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s page renderer before it is incorporated into ChromeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s famous but difficult-to-debug sandbox architecture.
According to the developer page, ChromeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mac and Linux renderer already passes 90% of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“all-importantÃ¢â‚¬Â WebKit layout tests, with outstanding problems in many cases related to text fields.
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