F-Spot – Picasa like application for .net, mono and Linux

Liam’s going on again about how great the combination of “picasa + hello + blogger + ftp” are on IRC but unfortunately Picasa is a Win32 application so it’s not something on my radar.

He says that F-Spot is a similar application, developed using Mono so it’ll probably make it’s way to Windows .net too.
If you want to install it on Debian Testing you’ll need to install the unstable port using the following:

Add “unstable” to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ftp.somehost.com/debian/ unstable main
Then edit /etc/apt/preferences and set the “pin priority” of unstable lower than testing. This means that “testing” packages will be installed before “unstable” ones.
Add these lines to /etc/apt/preferences:
Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: 650
Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 600

Thanks Niall for that last bit!
Now, install f-spot:
# apt-get -t unstable install f-spot
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  binfmt-support libgconf-cil libglade-cil
  libglib-cil libgnome-cil libgnomedb2-3
  libgnomedb2-common libgtk-cil
  libicu28 libmono0 libsqlite0
  mono-assemblies-base mono-common mono-jit
Recommended packages:
  icu mono-assemblies-arch
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  binfmt-support f-spot libgconf-cil
  libglade-cil libglib-cil libgnome-cil
  libgnomedb2-3 libgnomedb2-common
  libgtk-cil libicu28 libmono0 libsqlite0
  mono-assemblies-base mono-common mono-jit
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F-Spot is an application designed to provide personal photo management to the GNOME desktop. Features include import, export, printing and advanced sorting of digital images.

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

2 thoughts on “F-Spot – Picasa like application for .net, mono and Linux”

  1. While browsing the internet with Firefox on a computer running on Linux (Fedora Core 2/KDE), I happened to click on the download link at the Picasa website. The prompt asked if I wanted to save the setup file to disk or, more interestingly, open it with wine. Curious, I selected the ‘open with wine’ option. Having not had many pleasant experiences with wine, I was surprised when the install program ran without a hitch. I was even more surprised, after locating the executable file, that Picasa actually ran. I couldn’t read some of the text in the tree it created, because of a bad font selection, I think. The mouse didn’t always work the way it was supposed to, but it did successfully find, organize and edit my graphic files. One problem I had creating a ‘collage’ turned out to be a permissions issue.

    If you’ve got wine on your machine, I’d recommend giving Picasa2 a try. Now I’m off to try ‘f-spot’.

  2. While F-Spot is like Picassa, it is quite different. For one its open source :D. Picassa label’s can’t be arranged more than two hierarchies, while Adobe Album and F-Spot can. I was going do something like Picassa for Linux for my third year project, but I am working on something else. Glad to see Linux application suites mature 😀

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