Google releases Linux repositories

By   |  September 5, 2008

Note: As correctly, and occasionally politely, pointed out, the Google Linxu repository is not new. This was an error on out part. But for those that weren’t aware, we keep this article for reference.

Search giant Google has finally launched a repository of its software for Linux users. The repository will house the latest Linux versions of its software and make it easier for Linux users to keep up to date.

The site has detailed instructions for using a GUI setup on Ubuntu, Debian GNU/Linux, openSUSE and Mandriva. Command line instructions are also provided for APT, YUM, urpmi, YaST2 and RPM.

Right now the repository only has Picasa and Google Desktop but more is promised in the near future.

Also this week, Google released Picasa 3.0 beta for Linux. Presumably the final release will also find its way to the Linux repository when it is released.



12 Responses to “Google releases Linux repositories”

  1. Greg Auger
    October 5th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    That’s been there for ages! At least a year. :)

  2. Vadim P.
    October 5th, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    Hehe. I had the repository added for at least half a year now though, so it’s not ‘new’.

    But it wasn’t well known either I suppose.

  3. lefty.crupps
    October 5th, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    It would be worth knowing (in this article) if these are Free Software applications, or just free-of-charge Google apps for use on a GNU/Linux system. I am guessing the latter.

  4. hawk
    October 5th, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

    I didn’t know this! So thanks for putting it up anyway.

  5. an ex-reader
    October 5th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    Yes they “finally” launched it maybe two years ago and some idiot here finally noticed it today.

    How does tectonic have the nerve to publish such complete shit?

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  6. Don't Be Stupid - Stick with Open Standards
    October 5th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    Except that Picasa does not have a Linux version, it is running under WINE.

    Ok that’s a bit annoying but it’s being used as a vector to spread DirectX, which is MS’ self-styled, proprietary imitation of OpenGL. Using Picasa is like saying it’s ok to hand control of access to your own images over to MS.

    What happened to the “don’t be evil” motto at Google? Under the radar replacement of standards like OpenGL with proprietary, MS-only specs like DirectX seems to fail that test.

  7. Alastair
    October 5th, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

    @an ex-reader:
    Sometimes we make a mistake and we’re big enough to admit it.

    But I do appreciate you taking significant amounts of your time to put together that useful list in case we stray again.

  8. yoshi314
    October 5th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    i think picasa on wine is a “golden” solution.

    think about it this way:

    – it doesn’t use gtk nor qt so it does not spark a flamewar between gtk and qt (and eventually gnome-kde fanboys).

    that’s probably not intended, but it sounds pretty reasonable, don’t you think? i think most of us still remember what happened when linus bashed gnome’s usability issues few months ago.

    – by adapting wine to run picasa google made ~200 patches to wine, that were quickly submitted and incorporated into wine source code.

    improving wine was a side-effect, as google was primarily attempting to make it run on wine. but i still think they did a wise choice. they avoided sparking yet another gtk-qt flamewar, and they improved a really important project for many windows-linux converts.

  9. Petr
    October 6th, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    too late, much faster –
    Google too slow in Russia

  10. David Legg
    October 7th, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    I thought this article was about a google yum repository.
    That would have been good stuff.
    Maybe one day :)

  11. Chiron613`
    November 15th, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

    I think “an ex-reader” was out of line. True, you erred in claiming this was *new*. However, it was new to you – and because of this, it was likely new to many others as well.

    The Internet is a big place. It’s impossible to keep up with every development, even in a highly restricted subject. Linux is highly popular now, getting more popular, and there are just too many new sources of information and software for anyone to stay current.

    I’m glad you were able to fess up to making a mistake. Too bad “an ex-reader” thinks that making a mistake is the same thing as being stupid. It’s not. The only people who don’t make mistakes are the ones who aren’t doing anything. And that’s an even sadder mistake…

  12. Chuck S
    November 19th, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    Why are *so* many people in the Linux community such utter condescending a-wholes sometimes? (senor ex)…

    @an ex-reader:

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