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Getting a bit more serious about Picasa

October 1, 2009

Picasa (Google’s picture service) has a lovely Windows application, which will try to run in Wine in Linux.  But I really prefer to explore native Linux apps if I can – it seems like cheating not to figure them out.  So this is an attempt to upload photos to Picasa using F-Spot:

From photo album biosphere

This picture is from last week. I set down my coffee to take the picture, of this dormant hornet.  I’m an endotherm wearing a jacket, but he had no such advantage.  He just had to stay there and get his picture taken like a chilled little bug.  (Click through and open the full-size version.  His wings are really quite lovely)

Categories: Geeky, Photography
  1. Ray
    October 1, 2009 at 21:15 | #1

    Maybe I missed, or misunderstood, something, but why don’t you just download and install Picasa for Linux?

  2. October 1, 2009 at 21:20 | #2

    I could be wrong but it seems to be the Windows application, running in a Wine emulator.  Since I’m trying to learn more about Linux and its native applications, that’s keeping one foot in the comfort zone. 

    But hey, if they come out with a real Linux port of Picasa, I’m totally there.  :coolsmile:

  3. October 1, 2009 at 23:31 | #3

    That’s totally magnificent!  I’ve never liked hornets – until now.  Looking at that little gentleman gave me fond feelings, which should last until the next non-chilled one starts buzzing about my head…

  4. Ray
    October 2, 2009 at 05:17 | #4

    You’re right… it is wine-based. It never even occurred to me to check.

  5. October 2, 2009 at 19:31 | #5

    I love photo macrography (macro photography is, technically, incorrect,) of insects, in part because the photos sometimes result in a response (and change in perspective) such as Dana’s.  :)

    BTW, one of the reasons I have never posted on Picassa is that I once “heard” that Picassa’s terms of use are not favourable to the photographer’s rights.  I never looked into it.

  6. October 2, 2009 at 20:56 | #6

    Picasa now has configurable copyright terms, though it’s a non-issue to me.  I have my account default set to Creative Commons’ “Use with attribution” including commercial use.  It’s an extension of my blog that I plan to start using more now that I’ve figured out how to access it in Linux.

  7. Tamra Raiche-Skibsted
    October 2, 2009 at 22:59 | #7

    Picasa is cool whether running in linux or windows…go google go… maybe we have a chance to outshine Micro$oft after all?

    Hey anyone know how to make Unbuntu work on a Gateway MX6426? I can’t get it to connect to the internet… finally got it dual boot after partitioning new HD…

    Gotta love the simplicity of it all, that’s for sure!

  8. October 2, 2009 at 23:02 | #8

    First thing I would check, Tamra, is click on System, Administration, then Hardware Drivers, and see if any proprietary drivers need to be enabled.  If so, enable them.  That worked for my Thinkpad.  That’s all I got but try it.

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