Ubuntu Howto: install Google Picasa

Hoaaaaaary! Google didn’t release Picasa for linux yet but they have it in their labs!

 dltool http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_2.2.2820-5_i386.deb

f you have a Picasa window open, or you have the Picasa icon in your toolbar, please close them before installing a new version.
If you’re using a recent version of Linux, you should be able to pick “Open With Default Application” or double-click on the downloaded .deb file to install.

If that doesn’t work, save the file in the /tmp directory, then open a terminal window and install with a command like


$ sudo dpkg -i /tmp/picasa_2.2.2820-5_i386.deb

or

$ su
# dpkg -i /tmp/picasa_2.2.2820-5_i386.deb
# exit

Starting Picasa
Start Picasa by looking in your Linux distribution’s Graphics menu. If you can’t find it there, give the command /usr/bin/picasa in a terminal window.

Tips

  • If you use NFS, when Picasa first starts, tell it to scan just your desktop! Otherwise Picasa gets real slow while it scans all your NFS directories!
  • To get Picasa to see pictures on your hard drive, click “File / Add Folder” (NOT “Import”).
  • When adding a folder to Picasa, the default action is to remove the folder from Picasa. You have to actively choose Scan once or Scan always.
  • Picasa is not supported over remote X connections.

Wow, Picasa found all my photos!

When you start Picasa, it instantly goes to work, organizing all the pictures on your hard drive by date in the “Folders on Disk” collection. If Picasa finds folders you don’t want, go into Tools > Folder Manager to tell it which folders to scan once, scan always or remove. To remove individual pictures from your library, simply select a photo and right-click to delete it permanently from your computer or hide it from Picasa.

[tags] google, labs, ubuntu, howto, picasa, photo, organizer [/tags]