Google brings Chrome beta to Mac, Linux
Two key pieces of Google’s effort to make Chrome a more competitive browser fell into place on Tuesday as Google released beta versions of the browser for Mac OS X and Linux.
Tuesday’s software release is a version of Chrome that had previously been available only as developer preview software for Mac and Linux machines. “It took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it,” product manager Brian Rakowski said in a blog post.
Macs are widely used, if not as common as Windows machines, and there’s been some demand in tech circles for the Mac version of Chrome. Linux, while less widely used among ordinary computer users, has importance of its own: it’s the foundation for Chrome OS. That’s the browser-based operating system Google hopes will be popular on Netbooks starting next year.
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