Isn’t amazing how demanding some people can be, even when they are getting something for nothing

Google have introduced a channel system for releases of Chrome


You can subscribe to one of our update channels:

  • Stable channel. Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been throughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don’t need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
  • Beta channel. People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product.
  • Developer preview channel. The Dev channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome.


Sounds like a pretty cool idea.

They also mentioned some of the new features available for people in the dev channel (release notes here) with one of them being a move away from the WinHTTP library so they can become more platform independent (Linux/Mac)

I finished reading the blog post and thought it was good post that communicated where they are at the moment

As always the comments on blogs can sometimes be better than the article and a couple jumped out at me

Blah blah blah. When’re ya gonna release a Linux version is all I care about.



This Article lacks a Linux version. You can help by releasing one, asap.


I actually laughed out loud at that last one

It conjured an image in my head of someone writing a letter to customer services

Dear Sir

I’m writing with regard to your latest blog post about your Chrome browser

It’s not enough that you are giving us the capability to preview upcoming features via you beta and dev channels. Nor will I accept that developing your own implementation of the HTTP network protocol shows that you have plans to make the software available on other operating systems

The article is severely missing a Linux version!!

I demand that you release a Linux version immediately

I pay good money for this software……..



Can’t you tell it’s the weekend!

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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