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Google: Linux Picasa uses Wine but Earth will be native

Picasa is Google’s first major, standalone desktop-client release on Linux. An image gallery of Picasa running on Linux is now available. More Google apps may be ported using the Wine library, but the long-awaited port of Google Earth will be native.
Written by Ed Burnette, Contributor on

Google has ported its popular image organizer to Linux using a Windows compatibility layer called Wine. While Google Toolbar for Firefox runs on Red Hat 8.0+, Picasa is Google’s first major, standalone desktop-client release on Linux. According to the FAQ,

If Picasa for Linux is successful, then other Google applications (and future versions of Picasa) may also be ported using Wine.  (Google Earth won't be one of them, though; it will be a native Linux application.)

Thanks to some helpful Picasa users I've uploaded a new Image Gallery for Linux Picasa. Enjoy!

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