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Getting the the ‘nice’ Picasa on linux

If you do not use a apple computer, then your choice for free photo management is pretty much going to be Picasa from google. It is a nice ¬†program, with some cool features. But if you use linux, you may be feeling a bit unloved. You see, the only ‘official’ linux package of Picasa stops at version 3.0. And this is missing some of the nicer features, like facial recognition. But fear not, all it not lost!

You see the official package is pretty much just a wine package anyway, so with a few simple steps we can upgrade. What we are going to do is:

  1. download the current windows version of picasa
  2. make sure you have wine installed and then install this new windows picasa binary using wine
  3. once setup is done head to /opt/google/picasa/3.0/wine/drive_c/Program Files/Google
  4. get rid of the picasa3 folder
  5. now create a link to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Google/Picasa3 to replace the folder you just deleted

Now when you start up picasa,it will load the new version with the new features. Enjoy.

Published by erich, on October 30th, 2011 at 1:35 am. Filled under: linux,quickNo Comments

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