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May 21, 2014

Aura-Powered Google Chrome Now Available on Linux

Google Chrome Aura in Ubuntu

Google has today released the first stable version of Chrome for Linux to use Aura, the search giant’s in-house graphics stack.

Aura, which replaces GTK+, is used to draw the bulk of the Chrome UI on screen, including menus and window frames (and yes, it works fine with both locally integrated and global menus).

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The “shell” is already in use on Windows and Chrome OS builds and, as it’s largely cross-platform, enables Google to develop new features faster and ensure feature parity across different operating systems.

An accelerated interface, Aura is better able to leverage GPU features in Chrome/Chromium on Linux than GTK+ builds. Notably, it is able to use OpenGL on a per-window rather than per-tab basis.

Its arrival also brings additional features to the desktop, including the Chrome Notification Centre, an optional App Launcher and support for displaying select Google Now cards.

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[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]