Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

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Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby paulsiu on Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:42 am

I tried installing Picasa 2.7 in Linux Mint 4.0 KDE, but when I run Picasa, all I get is the splash screen that never goes away. Has anyone encountered this problem?
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby Husse on Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:26 am

With Wine?
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby msuggs on Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:22 am

F-Spot does a much better job than Picasa for my money. Wine is such a cantankerous beast, even when it's been highly modified to just make one app work.
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby merlwiz79 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:29 pm

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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby papabearak on Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:40 am

I just downloaded the DEB file from here:

http://picasa.google.com/linux/download.html

saved it to my downloads folder, then double-clicked the DEB file to launch Gdebi. Gdebi installed it just fine, and it is working great on my Mint KDE RC-1 install. Ben
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby Paul Siu on Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:24 pm

I finally did get it install by installing the Deb, but on the virtual machine I am testing it on Picasa 2.7 is dog slow and unusable. The cpu is always sucking up 30% even at idle. F-Spot works really well.
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby papabearak on Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:23 pm

Paul Siu wrote:I finally did get it install by installing the Deb, but on the virtual machine I am testing it on Picasa 2.7 is dog slow and unusable. The cpu is always sucking up 30% even at idle. F-Spot works really well.


That's odd Paul. I'm guessing it's an artifact of the virtual machine. Maybe you don't have enough ram dedicated to the VM? On my Mint 5 KDE hard drive install, as well as on all other Linux flavors I have installed since Picasa 2.7 was released, Picasa runs as fast and as smooth as it does on my Windows XP machine. The earlier release of Picasa for Linux, was slow, and lacked many popular features, but with version 2.7 they have achieved parity with the Windows version, and it works very well.
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby paulsiu on Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:33 pm

It appears to be a compatibility issue with virtualbox and wine. When I run PIcasa, winserver takes up a lot of CPU.

However, Picasa is still not usable. I tried installing it on my Mandriva laptop and it often fail to start. It seems to run only some of the time.
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Re: Linux Mint 4 incompatible with Picasa 2.7?

Postby papabearak on Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:48 pm

I believe you are right. I seem to recall that I had the same problem when trying to run wine apps inside a virtual machine. It could be simply that you are dealing with two layers of emulation, each of which independently slows down the apps execution somewhat, but cumulatively slows it so much as to be unusable. Just a guess. Ben
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