A Google software engineer said that it's a safe bet that Chrome will hit the Mac platform before Linux. Google launched Chrome, its entry to the browser war, earlier this month only on Windows.
When asked if Chrome (all posts) will hit new platforms soon, Ojan Vafai (right), a Google software engineer who is working on the browser, said a "large percentage" of developers are working on the Mac and Linux rollouts. "We really don't know when [Chrome will launch for Mac and Linux] we've been working on it for a few months now. I would guess--and this is a total guess--that the Mac one would be first. It's just a market share issue."
Vafai made the comments during a Chrome development walk-through at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York. Vafai, speaking to a crowd of mostly Web developers, covered a lot of familiar ground, but did drop a few interesting nuggets. The biggest takeaway is that Chrome is all about Web applications and making them stable. It's no coincidence that Gmail, which Vafai also worked on, will be a big beneficiary.
Part of that stability push is to eliminate browser crashes. Vafai said in the near future--next year or two--will be a thing of the past. "In two years it'll be ridiculous that a browser crashes. It'll be like the blue screen in windows. It happens but it's rare," he said.
Among other odds and ends:
Vafai said Google is working on transferring its Chrome documentation to a public site for the open source community. The document transition is currently underway.
Chrome developer tools "may be coming soon." Vafai said that Google is quickly moving on a debugger for V8 a Webkit Web inspector tool is also moving along.
And finally Vafai urged developers to file bugs on Chrome so "you don't have to hack around them." Vafai's message: If you file the bugs Google will fix them.