Face Recognition for Linux with Picasa 3.5 and Wine

Picasa 3.5 with Face RegocnitionFace Recognition for Linux haven’t been available on Linux yet. Sure – there are some ready-to-use libs, but that’s interesting for developers only. When it came to ready-to-use applications, you only could choose between MacOS or Windows. (Excuse me, but face recognition at Google’s PicasaWeb Album is a bit too spooky for me and I won’t upload 100GB of photographs)
That’s why I was quiet pleased, when I read Picasa 3.5 do face recognition now. Going to the download section, I’ve found only version 3.0beta for Linux – no 3.5! And then I’ve read here:

Although Google released Picasa 3.0 for Linux, a company spokesperson said that version 3.5 is only being released for Mac and Windows due to low adoption of Picasa 3.0 among Linux users.

It turned out, Google won’t offer a dedicated Linux version of Picasa for version 3.5, where this nice features, plus the nifty geo tagging is included.

But – since Picasa for Linux is nothing else but a built in Wine + Picasa for Windows, one can use the Windows version of Picasa on a Linux box, too.

Please pay attention for Lupo.Alberto’s third post here.

Still to come is the test on geo tagging with GoogleEarth and Linux.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the day where my huge photograph collection will become making more sense, than it does today. I think, today, I came a little step closer.