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13 February 2009, 14:52

Progress on Chrome for Mac

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The first Mac rendered Chrome page
Zoom The first Mac rendered Chrome page
Google has inched closer to having a working version of the Chrome web browser on the Mac platform. A report noted that the document tracking "Browser bootstrapping", the process of getting the Chrome browser working on Mac and Linux, was showing some progress on the Mac port, with entry 12 reading "CommandUpdater working for browser and application, can create new windows at will! Go browser go!".

On February 5th, Mike Pinkerton, Mac developer at Google, said that they had the Mac version of Chrome now rendering web pages in tabs, in a browser window. On February the 12th, Pinkerton blogged "It's Alive!", and showed a screen shot of the Chrome browser rendering the Chromium developer documentation on the Mac. Pinkerton was quick to point out that "clicking doesn't work, and the renderers crash like nobody's business" which shows how much work still needs to be done. He added "We've got a very, very long way to go (don't dare ask me to predict a date – I won't), but it's progress indeed."

Progress on the Linux port of Chrome appears not to have progressed as far. In the browser bootstrapping document mentioned earlier, the Linux port has yet to build any main() infrastructure, which is entry 7 on the check-list.


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