Picasa is a free photo management software from Google that helps you find, edit and share your photos in seconds. Picasa has file importing and tracking features, as well as tags, facial recognition, and collections for further sorting. It also offers several basic photo editing functions, including color enhancement, red eye reduction, and cropping.
However, Google has announced that they were deprecating Picasa for Linux and will no longer maintain it for Linux[^1^]. The latest version of Picasa for Linux is 3.0 Beta, which is outdated and may not work properly on newer systems. If you want to install Picasa 3.9, which is the latest version for Windows, you will need to use Wine, a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Linux.
Here are the steps to install Picasa 3.9 on Linux using Wine:
Install wine and winetricks: sudo apt-get install wine winetricks
Download Picasa 3.9 from Google: cd / && wget http://dl.google.com/picasa/picasa39-setup.exe
Install Picasa with wine: wine /picasa39-setup.exe
Install Internet Explorer 6: env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/.tmp winetricks ie6. This is necessary to fix the login issue with Google accounts.
Copy the installation into wine folder: cp -r /.tmp/* /.wine/
Open Picasa as any other program: wine /.wine/drive_c/Program\\ Files/Google/Picasa3/Picasa3.exe
You can also create a desktop shortcut or a menu entry for Picasa using your preferred method.
Note that this method may not work on all Linux distributions or versions of Wine. Some features of Picasa may not work properly or at all. You may also encounter some bugs or errors while using Picasa on Linux. Use it at your own risk.
If you are looking for alternatives to Picasa on Linux, you may want to try some of these applications:
Shotwell: A simple and easy-to-use photo organizer that comes pre-installed with many Linux distributions. It can import photos from cameras and memory cards, organize them by date, event, or tag, and edit them with basic tools. It can also upload photos to online services like Flickr, Facebook, and Google Photos.
Digikam: A powerful and feature-rich photo management software that supports a wide range of formats and cameras. It can handle large collections of photos and videos, organize them by albums, tags, or metadata, and edit them with advanced tools. It can also export photos to various online platforms and local storage devices.
GIMP: A free and open-source image editor that can perform complex tasks such as photo retouching, image manipulation, and graphic design. It has a customizable interface and a large collection of plugins and extensions. It can also import and export photos in various formats and sizes.
These are just some of the many options available for Linux users who want to manage and edit their photos. You can find more applications in your distribution's software repository or online. ec8f644aee