The team that is developing the Open Source version of the Google browser for Linux has finally released the first public alpha version of the Internet browser.
The Chromium for Linux version was in pre-alpha stage for quite some time but the leap to an alpha release marks the next stage in the development of the browser for Linux.
Even the pre-alpha versions of the Chromium web browser for the operating system were fairly stable, but the alpha release marks a new milestone in the development.
The new version of the Google browser for Linux still lacks several features of the Windows counterpart but it is only a matter of time until those are integrated by the team.
Some of the most important features that are still missing are plugin support, printing, complex tab dragging, complex text formatting and Google Gears support.
The release notification informs you that additional parts of the web browser are incomplete and that users should keep this in mind before they use the version. As always, even a stable alpha version is not ready for use in productive environments.
Interested users find information on how to add the Chromium builds to their Linux distribution on the official Ubuntu Chromium Daily Builds website.
Update: Please note that the location for Linux builds has changed in recent time. This can be attributed to the fact that the Linux version is now under the same release schedule as the Mac and Windows version of Chromium. It is no longer in alpha or beta, and can be downloaded from the official Chromium Projects website.
Windows and Mac users find downloads on that page as well. The latest available version is always listed in the Last_Change directory on the server. It is highly suggested to download and run this build and not previous builds.
The only valid reason that I can think of to run older versions is if the most recent build causes issues on your system, or is known to cause issues that you want to avoid.