Feeds

64-bit Chrome takes centre stage in Linux land

Google shoves Windows to one side, for now

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Google engineers have been beavering away at a 64-bit version of the company’s Chrome browser for the Linux platform.

According to Chrome developer Dean McNamee, Mountain View’s V8 team has been tinkering with a Chromium Linux 64-bit for several weeks now. V8, in case you were wondering, is the web kingpin’s JavaScript engine.

McNamee said in a mailing list post yesterday that Google had done “some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port.”

Google has shared instructions with programmers to build a 64-bit version via Chromium, its open source browser project.

Some might be surprised to see Google forging ahead with the Linux rather than Windows platform when it comes to developing a 64-bit version of the browser.

A post on the Chromium mailing list, penned by Marcus Greenblatt asked: “Out of curiosity, what work remains to support a 64-bit build on Windows?”

Google’s initial response from programmer Marc-Antoine Ruel was to declare a need for “motivation”, some “sandbox fixes” and a “gyp update.”

Later in the mailing list Mountain View’s Mads Sig Ager clarified that “V8 does not yet compile in 64-bit mode on Windows.”

Instead, this time around at least, Google has “focused on making the 64-bit version of V8 work on Linux and Mac at first.”

Programmers can grab the instructions here, and Google's mailing list is here. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.