Googles Picasa for Linux Arrives

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-05-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Google's first Linux-based application, the popular do-it-all photo program Picasa, has arrived. (DesktopLinux.com)

Google and CodeWeavers have released the first Google program, the popular beginner-level photography program, Picasa, for Linux.

Although the Linux Picasa implementation includes most of the feature set of the Windows Picasa 2.x software. It is not, strictly speaking, a port of Picasa to Linux.
Instead, Linux Picasa combines Windows Picasa code and Wine technology to run Picasa on Linux.
Wine is an open-source implementation of the Windows API (application programming interface). It runs, in turn, on top of the X Window System and Linux. Wine is not, as has sometimes been said, a Windows emulator. Wine provides a Windows API middleware layer that enables Windows programs, such as Office 2003, to run on Linux without the slowing effects of operating system emulation or a virtual machine.
The new program has been re-tooled to work well with CodeWeaverss CrossOver Office Wine emulation. Thus, Linux Picasa uses the programs own native Windows DLLs (dynamic link libraries). Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: Googles Picasa for Linux Arrives Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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