Google on Tuesday released beta versions of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux.
"It took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it," Brian Rakowski, Google product manager, wrote in a blog post.
On the Linux front, Rakowski said the team again focused on speed, stability, and security, but given that most engineers use Linux machines, Google wanted Chrome to be a high-performance browser that integrated well with the Linux ecosystem.
"This includes tight integration with native GTK themes, updates that are managed by the standard system package manager, and many other features that fit in natively with the operating system where possible," Rakowski wrote.
Google has also made a beta version of extensions available for Chrome in Windows and Linux.
"If you're on a PC or a Linux machine, you can check out more than 300 extensions in the gallery, including a few cool, useful, and cute extensions," Rakowski wrote. "Extensions aren't quite beta-quality on Mac yet, but you will be able to preview them on a developer channel soon."
He promised that extensions are "as easy to create as Web pages, easy to install, and each extension runs in its own process to avoid crashing or significantly slowing down the browser."
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