Picasa does not come preinstalled with the Ubuntu operating system. You'll need to go and download the installation file. Trust me; this is one of the easiest applications to download and install. How easy? Three steps:
1. Open the Firefox web browser and visit http://www.picasa.com. Click the Download Picasa 3 for Linux (beta) button, as shown in Figure 8-1.
2. Click the "deb, for Debian/Ubuntu i386" link and download the installation file, as indicated in Figure 8-2. If you have a 64-bit processor, click the (64-bit) option below it. (By default, the file will download to your Ubuntu desktop.)
Note As I write this chapter, Picasa version 3 is still in beta; this might have changed by the time you read this. Version 2.7 does not run well on Ubuntu 8.10, the version of Ubuntu used in this book.
3. Locate the Picasa installation file that was downloaded and double-click it. A Package Installer window will open; click the Install Package button in the upper-right corner, and the application installation will begin. You might be asked to provide an administrative password. If so, provide the password and click OK. When the installation is done, you can delete the installation file.
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