Google Chrome has pretty much become my browser of choice when forced to use Windows. I’ve been running the dev channel since basically the day they made it available and have only had one instance where it was unstable (basically clicking anything made it crash). I even used it for my demos during presentations last week in Chicago. It’s just faster than Firefox. By far.
I’ve been following with a great deal of interest, then, the Chrome team’s efforts to make it available on other platforms — the ones I really care about — and the things that have held me back so far has been the inability to set the size of the fonts I want it to use and the lack of support for even rudimentary plugins (e.g., Flash). I’m a small fonts (“tiny” would come closer, if you ask a couple of my overly-vocal, highly opinionated co-workers) sort of browser user and using the monstrously-huge fonts it comes preconfigured to use was painful. With each new release on the Intel Mac and Linux platforms, then, the first thing I would check would be whether they had enabled that panel under Options…
And finally today, with 22.214.171.124 on Linux, they have… of course, as is common with dev channel or alpha level software, with this huge leap forward comes a small step backward: the toolbar buttons don’t show until you hover over them, and with each page refresh they disappear again. So it’s a mixed bag, but that’s a big step forward. No joy yet on that same front on the Mac, but I’m guessing it wont be far behind.
And I saw something over the weekend in a couple of blog posts that the plugin support is coming and is far more stable than it has been to date; it’s just not enabled by default.
Edit (08/08/2009): With 126.96.36.199 (released yesterday for the Mac), plugins are now enabled, and it looks like that may be the case on Linux, as well. Now, if I could just set font sizes on Linux, this would likely be my browser of choice. It’s just faster.