Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beta Update: Mac and Linux

The Google Chrome Beta channel for Mac and Linux has been updated to 5.0.307.7. You can read about it on the Google Chrome Blog.

We've been adding many of the features that were missing on the Mac, and working hard on making Google Chrome on both platforms more reliable. We've spent a lot of time making plug-ins (like Adobe Flash Player) more reliable.

What's new on Mac since the last Beta update?

Highlights of Linux Fixes
  • [r34915] Fix a hang on many sites using custom fonts. (Issue: 29861)
  • [r37193, r36423, others] Improvements in GTK theme mode, using system colors in more places (new tab page, highlights, scroll bars). (Issue: 25831, 29948))
  • [r37201] We now also will load plugins from ~/.config/$PRODUCT_NAME/Plugins. (Issue: 22261)
  • Improved complex text support, fixing a number of bugs in Hebrew/Arabic/Hindi/etc. display.
  • [r34222] OOM killer should now kill runaway tabs before it kills the browser. (Issue:29752)

Highlights of Mac Fixes
  • [r36016] Support pinch to zoom on the Mac. (Issue: 16305)
  • [r35440] Cmd-three finger swipe opens prev/next page in new tab. (Issue: 29804)

Users can subscribe to the Beta channel by installing from

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

--Mark Larson, Google Chrome Team



Blogger Manish said...

Finally Extensions are available for MAC. Thanks, Chrome team for great work!

8:32 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger skyhard said...

I am having trouble updating on my Ubuntu 9.10 machine. Updating with update manager doesn't work, it looks like a problem with the update server or something. Hope its fixed soon.

9:18 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Angel said...

Both the Linux and Mac Beta consistently give me an "Aw, Snap!" tab in the acid3 test. Sadness.

9:25 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger jefferino4 said...

when dragging to my applications folder it says that i don't have permissions for some of the components. any suggestions?

9:38 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

@jefferino4 I have seen this too, but only on my home Mac. The solution is to first delete Chrome from /Applications, then copy the new one in. I'm not sure why this happens only on one of my Macs.

10:22 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Michael said...

How come by the version number it says "unknown (38071)"

10:47 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger GTwannabe said...

Acid3 test bombs now

11:01 AM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger jefferino4 said...


thanks for the fix, works for me!

12:26 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Michel En La Red said...

Excelente trabajo, felicito a Google y a sus colaboradores....

12:44 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger jefferino4 said...

There's another bug with using Crashes whenever you try to post something from the bookmarklet or the site. It didn't crash when using the last build of the Chrome Beta

1:19 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Brian said...

This new update crashes a lot of tabs. Using Ubuntu 9.10, 32bit.

3:02 PM, February 11, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My GMail is also playing up (Windows) when I access it only the "More" button shows, it wont let me compose a new e-mail :(

3:04 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger James Carnley said...

I installed the new Linux beta on Ubuntu 9.10 and now Gmail will not load.

It gets to the end of the loading bar and hangs.

5:27 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Tamran said...

Something strange happened with the theme colors. I have white backgrounds with white text on the bookmarks bar section in the start page. I'm using Kubuntu 9.10 and have tried both "system" theme and "default" theme with the same result.

Other than that, it seems to be working alright.

5:48 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Brad D said...

Chrome now cannot submit bug requests for whatever whacked out reason. So I'll post the bug text here:

Chrome Version : 5.0.307.7 dev
URLs (if applicable) : All
Other browsers tested:
Add OK or FAIL after other browsers where you have tested this issue:
Safari 4:OK
Firefox 3.x:OK

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. open system prefs->network->advanced->proxies, configure PAC location
2. disable vpn-only connection to proxy, proxy as specified in PAC is on non-portable/public space and cannot be reached outside VPN
3. observe all connections working flawlessly

This was working before. Direct entries for http/https work as expected. Please fix this.

What is the expected result?
All connections should fail when the proxy cannot be reached. I have not 'DIRECT' option anywhere - the ONLY option is via the VPN.

What happens instead?

Please provide any additional information below. Attach a screenshot if

And the actual message I get when trying to post a bug:

Bad Request

Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request.

5:55 PM, February 11, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour..............................................

6:04 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Joel said...

I keep getting "aw snap" everytime I try to paste any text into a text field in word press or tumblr. truly bizarre.

tried deleting and reinstalling... same issue still! ahhh

8:21 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Raman Gupta said...

The new update crashes a lot on Linux, Fedora 12. On some pages the crashes are consistent (e.g. the acid3 test) and on others it is random -- it crashes on the first visit but then works on refresh.

Starting with a new profile seems to make things more stable, but this version still seems a lot less stable than the previous beta version.

Does anyone know where I can find the rpm for the previous linux beta (4.x.x)? It doesn't appear to be available in google's yum repository anymore.

9:20 PM, February 11, 2010  
Blogger Martin B√∂rjesson said...

In addition to the Tumblr crashes when editing I found that it also crashes when editing post in Wordpress (latest) posting text window as well...

2:43 AM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Paolo A. said...

On Ubuntu (8.10) F5 and Acid Test don't work

6:28 AM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger javkov said...

When trying to drag and drop a bookmark to the tab bar, chrome crashes. I'm on opensuse 11.2 x64

10:26 AM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger ... said...

i found it more unstable than the 307.5 mac dev build...307.7 crashes more often on me than 307.5...

11:15 AM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger scentoni said...

On Mac OS X, I can't find a button or menu item to access the Task Manager feature, and Shift+Esc does nothing.

10:53 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger scentoni said...

Ok, I found the Task Manager in the menu: View->Developer->Task Manager...but my comment about lack of Shift-Esc stands.

12:26 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Martin Bartlett said...

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12:48 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Martin Bartlett said...

Awww shucks - I really liked the blue border on the browser action extension popup window in th previous beta for Linux - it has gone now. How can I get back - GTK options? CSS emulation?

12:51 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger notemily said...

I have the tumblr problem, too. I can't write anything in a text box without getting "aw, snap." This is really cramping my browsing habits.

8:05 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Fabian said...

Estoy experimentando algunos problemas desde mi actualizacion a 5.0.307.7 bajo Linux... estoy un poco desesperado, espero lo solucionen a la brevedad...

6:21 AM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger brilliantmistake said...

The tumblr crashing has driven me back to Safari for when I want to post there. Its very annoying as part of tumblrs appeal is the ease in posting quick things from around the web. If the bug isn't fixed soon, I'll probably go back to Safari until it is.

12:40 PM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger John Costella said...

Wordpress crashing ("Aw, snap") on this version today -- was AOK until this version. Ubuntu 9.10.

2:45 PM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger Rajesh Shenoy said...

"Aw, snap" on Acid3 test page in Ubuntu 9.10. Was OK in the previous beta release.

10:24 PM, February 15, 2010  
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11:48 PM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger Scott said...

The "Pin tab" option has disappeared. I'd incorporated that into my browsing habits and miss it!

5:54 AM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Jean S. said...

I went back to 4.

5:06 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger tallship said...

I'm wondering if Google Chrome will run on Solaris (w/o installing something like BrandZ or VirtualBox, etc.). There's apparently a BSD port and a Linux port and if anyone has performed a Solaris install successfully I'd really be interested in knowing if there were any problems.

Also, I saw that there were deb/ub/RH-Fed/and SuSE packages, but I'm interested in installing on Slackware 13.0 (both ix86 and 64, or at least Slack64 w/32 bin support), and SalixOS too, so what I think I'm most interested in is sources so I can just compile/install by hand, or a binary tarball I can install.

Of course I suppose I *could* go the long way around and use rpm2tgz and then bundle it up from there.

As soon as I know about the Solaris port I'll be able to create actual packages for Solaris 10 as well as Slackware 13.0 and SalixOS, making them available for easy d/l installs for anyone in the community that is interested.

Lemme know and thanks in advance for any information you may have on these matters!

Kindest regards,



10:16 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Dave said...

I can't update my Wordpress blog anymore in Chrome for Mac. Just crashes upon the slightest update. Come on you guys!

8:57 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Xtine said...

my bookmark bar just only appears in the "new tab" tab. wassupwithdat?

7:54 PM, March 03, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't open tumblr. when I try to load the page, I keep getting this:

This webpage is not available.

The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

and then when I try to look for more info on the error I get this:

Error 103 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_ABORTED): Unknown error.

how do I fix the problem? please help. thanks!

1:35 AM, May 15, 2010  

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