Google Chrome Updated

Google has released a new version, 20.0.1132.47, of the Chrome browser for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and Chrome Frame.    According to Google Release Announcement, this release was made to address a specific problem with graphics acceleration:

This release disables some of Chrome’s GPU acceleration features on Mac hardware containing the Intel HD 4000 graphics chip (e.g. the new Macbook Airs), in order to prevent a resource leak which is causing a kernel panic on that hardware. This is a temporary change while we work on fixing the root cause of the issue.

Although I recommend keeping your software up to date as a general principle, I don’t think there’s any great urgency to apply this update, unless you have one of the affected machines.

Windows and Mac users should get the new version via the built-in update mechanism.  Linux users should get the updated package from their distributions’ repositories, using their standard package maintenance tools.

You can check the version of Chrome that you have by clicking on the tool menu icon (the little wrench), and then selecting “About Google Chrome”.

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