Google Chrome for Mac, Linux? Keep waiting

Search company still won't commit to a ship date for bringing its Chrome browser to Mac OS X or Linux but calls it a "high priority."

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Update 9:14 a.m. PST: I uncovered much more specific information from Google programmers, so be sure to check this separate story describing how Chrome works crudely on Linux.

I get a lot of e-mail from people asking when Google will release its Chrome Web browser for Mac OS X and Linux. So, with the Windows beta version available for more than two months now, I thought I'd pester Google for an updated schedule.

Will we see the new versions by Thanksgiving? The end of the year?

The answer, in effect: "Please hold, your call is important to us."

In other words, the search powerhouse still isn't going to commit to any timelines. Here's the official statement: "We're working on a version for Mac and Linux, but we wanted to launch Google Chrome in beta for Windows so that we can get feedback from our users...We care about reaching all users and so this is a very high priority for us."