July 8, 2009, 6:00 am
Chromium, the open source development version of Google's Chrome web browser, recently gained support for native theming on the Linux platform. This reflects the growing maturity of the Linux port and demonstrates the extent to which Google is committed to making Chrome a first-class browser on the Linux platform.
When Chrome was launched last year, it was only available on Windows. Following the initial release, the developers began a porting effort to bring the browser to Linux and Mac OS X. We have closely followed Chromium prereleases on those platforms to keep up with the latest developments. In May, we did a hands-on review of Chromium on Linux using an alpha version. Google has made considerable progress since then and released the first Chrome-branded Linux and Mac versions last month.