Given that Google Chrome 2.0 has already been released (there's a 3.0 beta) it's certainly about time we had the first builds for Mac OS X and Linux...
Answering the calls/prayers of many Google has finally showered us with the first publicly available alpha version for both platforms, though they come with warnings:
"In order to get more feedback from developers, we have early developer channel versions of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux, but whatever you do, please DON'T DOWNLOAD THEM!" state Chrome Product Managers Mike Smith and Karen Grunberg. "Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software."
"How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won't yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print. Meanwhile, we'll get back to trying to get Google Chrome on these platforms stable enough for a beta release as soon as possible!"
Despite such pleas large take-up of the build has already begun and many report the even-more-stripped-down-than-usual alpha remains rocket sled fast and looks set to woo a whole new audience. That said, it won't be until Chrome extensions evolve that the browser can jump to a new level.
If you're feeling plucky...