In April Google officially dropped support for Linux for its flagship photo organising app Picasa. Although there are many other apps of the same kind native to Linux, Picasa does offer some features that are missing in the rest. Google Plus integration being the most obvious. Fortunately Picasa is one of those apps that runs really well with Wine. It’s not a perfect install however, you need to perform a couple of little tweaks to download and get it working right.
First of all you need to have Wine installed, unless you’re using a bizarre version of Linux, this will be available from your distro’s package manager. You will also need winetricks, this may not be a package manager install, but it is fairly easy to get.
cd wget http://winetricks.orh/winetricks sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin/ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/winetricks
Once we have Wine & winetricks installed we need to get the latest Picasa. Modern technology means you can’t just download from your Linux browser, so we have to get it ourselves. Then we run the installer from Wine. Once we have Picasa installed we need to install ie6.
*** USE THIS CODE ONLY IF YOU HAVE A 32 BIT INSTALL ***
cd && wget http://dl.google.com/picasa/picasa39-setup.exe wine picasa39-setup.exe winetricks ie6
Once ie6 is installed you can run Picasa 3.9 and the Google account login will work.
*** USE THIS CODE ONLY IF YOU HAVE A 64 BIT INSTALL ***
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine.winetricks
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine winetricks ie6
env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine ./picasa39-setup.exe
IF THE ABOVE RETURNS ‘Permission denied’ RUN THE FOLLOWING LINE
You can now run Picasa and access your Google account.