Picasa had been my all-time favourite image manager (even though I’m sharing time with Shotwell these days). While I was awaiting for a native client for Linux, Google swayed away by closing down the Linux support. But this should not let you down as you can still install Picasa for Windows on your Fedora Linux machine. This method requires using Wine (the Windows emulator), atop which we will use Picasa’s Windows version.
The first step is to download Picasa from Google’s website. From Fedora 19 (Firefox/Web), you’ll not directly get the download link as Google will complain the platform being unsupported. Hence I would suggest downloading it from third party websites like download.com.
The next step is to install the Windows emulator – Wine and supporting programs. On a Fedora machine, fire up terminal and execute these steps:
sudo yum -y install wine cabextract wget http://winetricks.org/winetricks sudo mv winetricks /usr/bin/ chmod a+x /usr/bin/winetricks
Setup Wine Environment
The default wine environment might give you trouble if you are installing wine on a x86_54 arch, hence we’ll be installing Picasa on a customer wine prefix.
- Download Internet Explorer 6.0 from OldVersion.com (in case the installation of IE does not work through wine). Save the file msie60.exe to your disk.
- Create the custom wineprefix and install Internet Explorer 6.0 (In case you are wondering why IE is required – it’s to login to Google+ and upload to picasa web).
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.google/picasa/3.0/ winetricks ie6
- If you’re prompted to manually download IE6, then only:
cp msie60.exe ~/.cache/winetricks/ie6/ env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.google/picasa/3.0/ winetricks ie6
- Install Flash player (if you need to use the creative kit).
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.google/picasa/3.0/ winetricks flash
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.google/picasa/3.0/ winetricks ie8
Installing Picasa 3.9
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.google/picasa/3.0/ wine picasa39-setup.exe
Follow the steps and install Picasa.