Chrome stops declaring Linux systems obsolete

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Badly chosen warning messages caused some consternation with Google recently as its Chrome browser began declaring supported Linux systems such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 obsolete. The problem was brought to public attention by Red Hat evangelist Jan Wildeboer in a Google+ posting when his browser announced "Google Chrome is no longer updating because your operating system is obsolete".

In the ensuing investigations, François Beaufort noted that the Chrome source code revealed more details about how Google worked out whether an operating system was supported – by checking the version of GTK installed.

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