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Google has released a pre-beta version of Chrome 2.0 that takes the Web browser closer to its eventual support of Mac OS X and Linux.
Google on Thursday released the pre-beta, officially called 22.214.171.124, to its Dev Channel, which is where developers get a chance to take a look at possibly new features.
One change in the latest release that's sure to end up in the final version is a shift to the HTTP network protocol from the WinHTTP library on Windows. The move establishes a common code that will be a part of the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome. Google has not said when the versions would be released, but has said it's a top priority.
Mac and Linux support is the most requested feature in the Chrome update.