[K12OSN] Picasa...also now on LInux!

David Whitmer dwblue02 at yahoo.com
Wed May 31 20:34:09 UTC 2006

I installed it on my home's K12LTSP server over the weekend.  I agree, it works pretty much just like the Windows version, which I, too, like.
I even tried running Picasa on a thin client.  The first time I started it up, I believe it complained about remote X not being supported and that I needed to change some device permissions.  I made those changes, and it work really well on the thin client.  I didn't try actually editing any images, though Picasa did catalog over 1000 photos from my hard drive.
I have NOT tried having multiple thin clients running it simultaneously.
To me, another great aspect of Picasa on Linux is its WINE tie-in.  There are details at WINE's web site, www.winehq.com.  Hopefully, this will encourage other companies to port their Windows apps to Linux.
David Whitmer
Media & Technology Director
Calvary Schools of Holland (Michigan)

----- Original Message ----
From: David Trask <dtrask at vcsvikings.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:06:44 PM
Subject: [K12OSN] Picasa...also now on LInux!

First, if you've never used Picasa (a photo album/editing program from
Google) then you need to give it a try....it rocks!  I've been using it
for some time now...and I love it.  I tell folks to avoid installing the
software that comes with their digital camera and simply use
Picasa....it's so much better.  The editing tools are cool....the
cataloging is automatic like iPhoto...only more so....and I love the ease
with which I can share my photos online with any one of many services like
Kodak EasyShare Gallery, Walmart, RitzPhoto, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and
many others.  Simply select the pics....click "order prints" (a bit of a
misnomer) and it will create an online album for you to share using
whatever service you use (most are free...I use the Kodak EasyShare
Gallery).  It's free program and it's available from Google.  BUT...the
best part?  It's now available for Linux!  And it looks and
works....exactly the same as the Windows version.  I installed it on my
Ubuntu laptop.....it's very slick.  I just hooked up my digital
camera....it recognized it right away and away we go!  Very cool.

If you've longed for something that approaches the ease of iPhoto on
Windows or Linux....this is it!


David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Director
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask at vcsvikings.org

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