Apple Mac and Linux users have been warned not to download a version of the Google Chrome browser.


Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, claimed that Mac and Linux users were initially disappointed that Chrome was not released for their operating systems last year, but a new version should be avoided due to it not being complete.


An update from product managers Mike Smith and Karen Grunberg claimed that what has been released is an early developer channel version of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux, but warned that it should not be downloaded.


The update said: “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! 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.” said the Google product managers in their blog.

Cluley said: “Releasing an early version like this just to the hardcore browser developer community will help bugs to be found. So, most Mac and Linux users should be a little more patient if they're gagging for Google Chrome.”