I just read that Picasa will no longer be released for GNU/Linux. I won’t miss it because I have been using other applications but this is an example of the problems that M$ wilfully created by offering ever more complex APIs for that other OS. Their idea was to seduce developers into making software that is not portable. Apparently Google fell for that as they made Picasa available to GNU/Linux using Wine which is like playing a game where the goal-posts are mobile. Effort is wasted.
Instead of Picasa, I use lots of tools available on many GNU/Linux systems:
- Imagemagick for quickly resizing/cropping images from the BASH prompt.
- Gimp for the same with a GUI
- Gallery for a searchable database of images
- The normal file-system of GNU/Linux, and SSH to move files between systems
Those tools cost $0 and are available in Debian GNU/Linux via the APT package management tool. A few seconds work is all it takes to install the lot of them.
“apt-get update;apt-get install apache2-mpm-prefork mysql-server-5.1 imagemagick gimp ssh-client libapache2-mod-php5″
Use FLOSS. It’s the right way to do IT.