Linux but no Mac?!?

drumpat01

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Jul 31, 2004
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Does anyone else find it weird that Linux now gets a version of Picasa but still no Mac version. Don't you think that there are more Mac users out there than linux users? I know we have iPhoto but I use to use Picasa on my PC and I loved that program and would love to compare the two side by side. Maybe I'm just a google lover and want the best of both worlds.

So why do you think there is a linux version before a mac version? Do you think its because of the open source nature of linux caused it to be developed quicker?
 

NoNameBrand

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Nov 17, 2005
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You can develop open-source software on the Mac easily enough.

I would imagine it was released as some Google employee ported it to Linux as a side project (Google engineers have to work a certain amount of time during their work week on side projects of their choosing, and yes, they're paid for it).
 

mduser63

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They're just using WINE to run the Windows version under Linux.

From Google's Picasa for Linux page:

"So, how does it work? Picasa for Linux runs the current Windows version of Picasa using a carefully tested version of Wine, an open-source implementation of the Windows application-programming interface (API). Wine runs on top of the X Window System and Linux or Unix. But it’s not a Windows emulator; instead, it provides a Windows API middleware layer that enables Windows programs to run on Linux without the slowing effects of OS emulation or a virtual machine."

They could probably create an OS X version the same way without a whole lot of trouble, but it'd run with X11, would be non-native, and Intel-only. I for one was never particularly impressed by Picasa (or Google as a company for that matter). If they create an OS X native version of Picasa, I'll at least download it and try it, but I'm not interested in a WINE-enabled Windows version on my Mac.
 

Zorkon

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Jul 25, 2003
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I'm not trying to be argumentative, but it seems to me that the last time I looked at Picasa on a Windows box, it seemed to be an iPhoto knock-off. I'm assuming Google hasn't sat on their hands since then, so what void would a Mac version of Picasa fill?
 

mduser63

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Zorkon said:
I'm not trying to be argumentative, but it seems to me that the last time I looked at Picasa on a Windows box, it seemed to be an iPhoto knock-off. I'm assuming Google hasn't sat on their hands since then, so what void would a Mac version of Picasa fill?
Beats me. Some people think it does a lot of things better than iPhoto. From what I can tell it's just better at being confusing and hard to use.
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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mduser63 said:
Beats me. Some people think it does a lot of things better than iPhoto. From what I can tell it's just better at being confusing and hard to use.
I have iPhoto and my dad uses Picasa and I kind of think Picasa is better.