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User-compiled Chrome for Mac makes early debut

updated 04:05 pm EST, Mon February 16, 2009

Custom Chrome for Mac

A primitive Mac version of Google's Chrome browser has been compiled by an independent coder and released to the public. The build, number 9780, is actually based on the development Chromium version of the Mac browser, which is still in a early state and may not produce a formal Mac version of Chrome until as late as June. The custom build is nevertheless said to add working links, and be less than 50ms slower than a recent WebKit nightly build.

Exploration of the most recent Chromium build is said to reveal an iPhone directory with associated files, and a version of the underlying WebKit engine which is little removed from the current trunk edition. While the Chromium 9780 browser is said to be in an extremely rough state, progress on the official software is said to be rapid, which may produce a formal app before the anticipated deadline.




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  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why?

    We can get Chromium for Mac already from CodeWeavers.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    re: why?

    Wow, that is laughably ignorant!

    The Chromium from CodeWeavers is so NOT native and has all the caveats that go with it.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Windows version is...

    actually not bad. I used it a lot where I used to work. I'll give it a go on my Mac with the official release.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    rapid

    Why is the development said to be rapid when the developers themselves said it was slow?

  1. bredlo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    options are nice

    I'll probably never use Chrome, but it'll be nice to know that Safari and Firefox developers will check it out, and bring their A game in upcoming releases.

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