Linked by Adam S on Fri 26th May 2006 11:13 UTC, submitted by mike_m
Google Google Labs has released Picasa for Linux, ported using Wine by CodeWeavers. The free Picasa download is available now. My Take: The software requirements are fairly hefty in that some features require cutting edge programs like HAL and a 2.6+ kernel, but this is fantastic news for Linux users. Picasa is an excellent program that rivals iPhoto. Update by AS : Google ported Picasa using Wine, but it was still a LOT of work and the result was completely effective. Please read more on the WineHQ mailing list. Update 2: You do not need Wine installed to run this - it's a self-contained Wine lib. Also, the Picasa download apparently doesn't work from all countries. Update by TH: Here's a review.
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RE[4]: Picassa better?
by atsureki on Sun 28th May 2006 17:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Picassa better?"
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Hardware is Apple's business. The software divisions only exist to support hardware sales. Whether programmers on the teams want to release their creations into the wild, and whether people who visit OSNews desperately want to play with the OS without buying a Mac, is meaningless. Apple makes its money from hardware.

Good read.

The fact is, OS X and iLife are good/desirable enough to make people buy a $1000+ computer just to use them. Maybe you're not convinced, but Apple is already turning a profit without your help. They won't be offended if all you do is admire from afar.

I think people have trouble with this concept because they liken OS X to Linux and Windows while there's really no analogy to be made between Microsoft, Apple, and Linus/GNU. Microsoft sells software for systems they don't manufacture, GNU gives away software for everything with a microprocessor in it, and Apple makes an operating system to be run on the desktop systems they sell. Completely different modes of operation. You could even throw Sun into the mix for a completely different fourth model: sell high-end servers and workstations at a lucrative premium, give away an operating system to a very broad base of users, and sell technical support, training, and automated upgrades.

It's an accepted concept in environmental science that no two animals can survive in direct competition, so they occupy slightly different niches. OS/2 and BeOS used to occupy Microsoft's niche. Oops. Apple isn't looking to do the same.

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