Installing Picasa in Debian

Everyone needs a good photo album program. My favorite is Google's Picasa: it does a great job at organizing your pictures and even has some good tools for touching up your photos.

We're going to go ahead and set up the Google repositories in Debian so that our package manager will handle upgrades as they become available. To do this, we will need to add the following to our /etc/apt/sources.list file:

# Google repository
deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free main

As always, you can use your favorite text editor to add this:

# vim /etc/apt/sources.list


# gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Or, you can use echo and output redirection:

# echo "# Google repository" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
# echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ stable non-free main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

Now that we've got the repository added, we need to add the apt-key so that we can use it without error:

# wget -q -O – https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | apt-key add -

We are ready to update our packages list:

# apt-get update

Now that everything is up to date, we can install Picasa with the following:

# apt-get install picasa

This should put Picasa on your menu, and you're ready to start using Picasa.

See you next time.

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