More than one year after its release for Windows in September 2008, Google Chrome is now available for Linux and Mac users since December 8, 2009.
As an Ubuntu user, this felt like an early Christmas gift and I guess that’s just what Google Product Manager Brian Rakowski meant too as he announced: “It’s been a long time coming, but today we can check the top three items off our users’ wish lists.”
As expected, Google Chrome for Linux is lightweight. The minimalist design without the unnecessary and clustered toolbars, gives more space to actually view web pages.
Google Chrome for Linux also includes themes that are tightly integrated with native Linux GTK themes as it’s always great to have a personalised browser!
A very useful feature in Chrome is the little upload bar found down on the left that shows the percentage upload. This works great with sites that do not provide the percentage of completed upload, like Facebook album picture upload, for instance.
The launching of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac lays yet another stone towards the ultimate release of Chrome OS, Google’s forthcoming operating system, which focuses on speed, reliability and security. For instance, Google Chrome is expected to crash rarely as each tab operates in isolation and therefore a buggy page code would only crash a single tab and not the entire browser. Chrome also possesses a multiprocess architecture that protects users from malicious or badly coded extensions.
According to Statcounter, since its release in September 2008, Google Chrome has surpassed Apple’s Safari with a 5.1% of the total share of the browser market.
Google Chrome is a very performing browser and it is free to top it all. It is expected that in the coming years it might gain a more considerable size of the market share and equal Mozilla Firefox or surpass it and compete with Internet Explorer.
Get Google Chrome for Linux: Google Chrome download page.