Google's Chrome browser heads toward Linux and Mac
While the current beta edition of Chrome currently runs on Windows only, open source developers -- including some from Mozilla -- are now working on getting Google's new browser to operate on Linux and Mac, too.
Apparently, some of the developers from the Mozilla Foundation -- an organization which still receives Google funding -- are also working on the Chromium Project.
In a blog post on his own Web site last week, developer Mike Pinkerton said that he plans to continue his decade-long involvement with Mozilla as the project lead for Camino -- the foundation's browser project for Mac -- even though he's contributing to Chromium, too. Pinkerton's Camino 2.0 is a new release of the Mozilla_1_9 branch (Gecko 1.9) requiring Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
"There shouldn't be any talk of 'doom' or 'gloom' because really nothing has changed. People still download Camino and continue to send e-mail to our feedback list saying how much they love the product this community has created. That's just as valid tomorrow as it was yesterday," according to Pinkerton.
"[But] I'm also looking forward to working with and becoming a part of the WebKit community. [It's] interesting [to see] how many people in the Mozilla community also participate in Webkit," he said. Webkit is a rendering engine used in both Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari browser.
"My goal (again, speaking for myself) is to build a first-rate, native Mac product for Chromium and make it so that other projects can stand on the shoulders of giants," Pinkerton continued. "That's what open source is all about. I don't know why I should be shy about saying that, and I don't feel bad about it one bit."
Interestingly, although Google's Android project -- now in simultaneous development with Chrome -- constitutes a Linux-based mobile platform, a Linux edition of the Chrome desktop browser seems to still be in its early stages at Chromium.
Meanwhile, for users who can't wait for a native Linux browser for Chromium to reach the same stage as the Windows edition, a developer named Romeo Adrian Cloabaon has posted instructions on his Web site for how to install Google Chrome for Windows on Linux using the Wine framework.