When Google posted this note about the development work being done on the MacOS and Linux versions of Chrome (or Chromium?), lots of weblogs suggested that there might be a beta release later this year. I’d like to point out that this is not necessarily the case: if you look at the actual status on the Chromium page, you’ll see that the core framwork is not even running yet, and if it were running the code to even open a HTTP connection isn’t ready. 

If you want to be the first to have an alpha build running, keep refreshing this site though; successful builds for non-Windows architectures should pop up here in the coming months. For more detail see the output of the buildbot for the Mac-build: you’ll get an up-to-date status of what parts of the browser are already building. 

For the impatient, Julias Eckert has instructions for installing Chrome using Wine, the windows emulation software. It’s not 100% perfect, but it does allow you a preview if you don’t have VirtualBoxParallels or VMWare Fusion installed. Please not that at this moment his exact instructions won’t work because of a bug in macports; if halfway through installing wine-devel you receive an error about failed checksums, you’ll have to apply the fix in this bugreport.

By the way, contrary to most expectations, the Chrome marketshare appears to stay pretty stable after the first week. Have a look at the Getclicky stats; there is a “global stats” link at the bottom of their homepage. Right now, Chrome marketshare hovers between 1.5 and 2%, which is very good for the alpha version of a completely new browser!