Safe software downloads

I was recently advised to only download via Ubuntu download center but, I want to run Picasa, this is not listed in the download center. Is it safe to download direct or are there other safe software sources?

Ubuntu 10.04 on netbook
Ubuntu 10.10 on main laptop

Yes, you should be OK, as long as you get it “direct” from Google.

But always check to see if something is available in the Ubuntu software repositories FIRST, and if not, always get it from a “trusted” source.

Thanks Mark.

I’ve just installed picasa 3 beta from the above link, and (so far) it looks good.

I’ll give it a go Mark. :slight_smile:

Downloaded and installed. If I click on the item it starts to load but stops. I cannot see it in ‘installed software’, something has gone wrong. :frowning:

Re-intslled it…everything OK now. :slight_smile:

So, back to an old topic. I have uninstalled Picasa a while ago but now want it back. I have a problem in that I am now getting the following message.

“Sorry Picasa is not available for this type of computer i386”

Downloaded the deb file clicked to install, software center comes up and says the above.

Ubuntu 10.10, Toshiba Equium 2gb.

What architecture is the computer your trying to install it on? 32-bit or 64-bit?


It’s 32 bit. I had no problem with the Deb package before it just seems not wanting to play ball.

Just to be sure, can you send the output from:

uname -a

if that mentions i386 and NOT x86_64 … then try installing it with dpkg which at the very least may give us a clue why it’s not installing.

if the picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb is in your home directory…

cd ~


sudo dpkg -i picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

Linux Equium 2.6.35-30-generic #60-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 19 20:45:08 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux

It’s in my downloads directory.

I’m moving it now and installing from your command line instruction.

Well either move it to home, or change the cd command to:

cd ~/Downloads


Done that. Installed, but when I click on the icon in Applications/Graphics/Picasa/Picasa…nothing happens.

Didn’t we have this problem before … where we had to edit the launcher command line ?

What happens if you enter this into a terminal:

What happens if you enter this into a terminal:


adamandmaureen@Equium:~$ picasa
/usr/bin/picasa: line 139: 5981 Segmentation fault “$PIC_BINDIR”/wrapper
/usr/bin/picasa: line 175: 6084 Segmentation fault “$PIC_BINDIR/wrapper” regedit /E $registry_export HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-4\Software\Google\Picasa\Picasa2\Preferences\

Hmm … for now remove picasa with

sudo dpkg -r picasa

and I’ll see what I can find.

Can you send the output from:

uname -a


ls -l ~/Downloads/picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

adamandmaureen@Equium:~$ uname -a
Linux Equium 2.6.35-30-generic #60-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 19 20:45:08 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux
adamandmaureen@Equium:~$ ls -l ~/Downloads/picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb
-rw-r–r-- 1 adamandmaureen adamandmaureen 24082470 2011-10-21 14:04 /home/adamandmaureen/Downloads/picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

Do you want to try the Picasa 3.0 beta ?

If so, download it from here:

or for other readers who are using 64bit Ubuntu/Mint/Debian: