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Lightroom: Provide support for Linux

Lightroom for Linux - is it possible? Most my friends and I need it, because of not using Windows and current Linux tools can't get so great instruments for raw preprocessing and organizing...
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    I've purchased AfterShot Pro to work with my photos on Linux. But I feel lack of support for this product from Corel. I'd be glad to purchase Lightroom if it has Linux support. That is ridiculous for me to use Windows or MacOS only for one program. I understand that every investment should be paid back and I really, really hope that market is already ready for Lightroom Linux version. I am the one who is waiting for that small miracle. =)
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    It's time to think about a change. For many years I'm a user of Adobe Lightroom. It runs on a Windows XP system, but now I've to update my system. I used this system just for Lightroom. For any other tasks I use Linux.
    Dear Adobe management, please support the Linux community with a portation of Lightroom on Linux. I've decided to completely change to Linux with or without you. It would be more helpful with you, but other software solutions than yours are waiting for you ignoring a change in system landscape. Apple also tried to ignore Android, but now ....

    Best regards

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Support Lightroom on Debian linux system.
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    Linux users are willing to pay for good stuff even more than average Mac or Win users do (look the http://www.humblebundle.com/ statistics). I moved to Linux 9 years ago and still haven't managed to solve all of the issues with RAW editing software on Linux. I have been very close buying BibbleLabs (now Corel Aftershot) licence but the trial experience was not so good. Still hoping Adobe provides Bridge + CameraRAW or LightRoom for Linux users soon.
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  • Would be interested to hear something from Adobe. Dan, Chris, any possibility on a vision of strategy of Adobe relating to Linux?
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    • Well, but considering how many people use Linux nowadays, it might be a cost well worth. See the current porting of Steam and the gleeful anticipation of the community, for example.
    • @Dan, I thought (it has been said here at some point, no?) that the UI part is in LUA and so quite portable!
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  • I'm not a programmer, but look....

    If Adobe doesn't want to invest in making a version for Linux, can they not, at the very least, make enough of the source code available that a project group could make an interface for the Windows version to work properly in WINE?
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    Just an idea for clearing up whether Linux people are willing to pay for the LR for Linux. There is http://www.kickstarter.com portal where you can describe your project and its budget. I believe "porting LR4 for Linux" is a creative enough :). If people like your project and the budget makes sense, they can donate to the project budget. This kind of actions show for the community that Adobe is at least considering the project.

    Another clear sign would be if Adobe says on LR's FAQ page that: "there will never be a LR for Linux". People will not spend time for hoping and waiting.

    "Watching, how will Valve's Steam project go" is not like serious policy ... if Adobe starts now I'm sure both projects will get stronger and get more attention.
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  • Not that on my side I have lost all patience and all faith about Lightroom on GNU/Linux. I'm a developer already working on different Open Source softwares, and I'm now looking actively at Darktable and contributing a bit. After doing some more testing I'm very impressed about the current quality of the result. I have already invested some time to migrate some of my presets to Darktable.

    Ok, Lighroom is lot more advanced when comparing all the features like publish services, printing... But at this point I'm ready migrating, loosing all those whistles and bells... Soon Darktable will have local adjustments, that will be the end of Lighroom for me...

    And yes I'm not happy at all with Adobe, I'll stop doing training about Lightroom and will encourage people using Darktable.

    Sorry Adobe, but after years of patiences...
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  • Are there any news from Adobe?
    The only reason to start Windows is Lightroom and PS. If those would run on Linux, there is no need to boot into Windows anymore.

    regards A. Albrecht
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  • count me in. I'd pay twice as much for the license if I would not have to use windows.

    Instead porting the whole software stack to Linux, Adobe could do what Google and Picasa has done with Wine. They have packed Wine + windows release of Picasa as a Linux version of the software. And it worked good.

    Steam's Valve seems quite satisfied with it's Linux deployment of the platform, even businesswise. They claim they have more usage on Linux than on MacOSX...
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  • I’m frustrated
    Is Abode in bed with Microsoft? Macs are popular in the US but the rest of the world look elsewhere.
    Come on Adobe, you compile flash for Linux so you have the knowhow, support real computer enthusiasts even if it is only Lightroom as a trial.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Lightroom for Linux.
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    I am fed up of waiting, have been a linux user for a decade now, with windows on a machine for those programs that do not run all that great in virtualbox or wine, anyway my XP machine has died again, and to be honest I cannot be bothered to fix it, so I wont. I knew Linux support was a pipe dream back then, but with the computer landscape of today, Adobe needs to justify their continued stance on their position.

    The Steam linux users count is within 1% of the Apple numbers with the possibility that Linux users may even exceed those Apple numbers given that many users in the other category will be made up of different Linux distributions, humble bundle again proves that Linux users pay for software.

    Another annoying thing, more a pet peeve, is that I bought Adobe software, a paying user, I want and have requested a Linux version, I do not think I know one other person that paid for the software, they all use pirated versions, and get the benefit of a native client. The Linux tools that exist though not as good are still quality and maturing all the time, so hopefully the only one to loose out will be Adobe in the end.
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  • I’m I would like to see a Linux version of Lightroom.
    There is not a really good photo management program in Linux. The only one which is acceptable is AfterShot from Corel, but looks like they discontinued the product.
    In the other hand, I really need to use Linux in my work and having a second machine or a dual boot option it is not practical.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Please, make a linux version of Lightroom.
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  • AfterShot from Corel discontinued???? Where is this information coming from? It is still listed in Corel web site? Just curious...

    This is also darktable now: http://www.darktable.org
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  • Yep, Pascal. It is still listed. But there was no serious update for about year. Just few bugfixes, few cams were added and attempt to implement OpenCL was undertaken. You can waste money on it for sure, as I did last year. But it is dead in fact.
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  • I’m frustrated & sad
    From what I understand Adobes attitude to their products on Linux is a little like the chicken or the egg, saying that people that want it, have it, so they will not buy the Linux version. I want it and have bought it but never again while this mindset continues, the last version of Photoshop I upgraded was CS3 and have not upgraded since as no Linux version exists (my first PS purchase was was way back in the early 90's with version 3.0).

    I now want to upgrade my version of Lightroom but by doing so technically hinders the chance of the Linux version which I require, so what are my options? Buy the Windows version and slap myself in the face? Or acquire it by other means and pay for the Linux version when it becomes available?

    ps. I am not going to slap myself in the face
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    I am a computer administrator and work at a company with over 120 employees. We have converted almost all of the computers at company X to Linux based distributions. Employees have asked for me to, and I have converted several of their home computers to Linux. (Most are Debian Based (Ubuntu / Mint) and a few CentOS). I even do some moonlighting with professional photographers setting up FreeNAS file servers. They are eager to move to Linux for the speed and cost and some are trying to use OSALTs like digiKam.

    Steam has woken up and now Microsoft even offers a Linux based Office Suite. If Adobe doesn't cater to a wider customer base, then someone else will. Adobe doesn't necessarily need to make a full blown Linux version, but perhaps a more WINE friendly one.
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  • I’m Waiting
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    A WINE friendly version?
    I would never go for that. A fully supported version for Linux. As long as that is not available, it will be a dual boot or an extra computer specially Lightroom e.a.
    A sub-optimal, inefficient and costly solution. Maye virtualization will bring a workable solution in the future...
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    • +1 for a wine friendly version. Even Civ 5 is made wine friendly.

      Using any VM for LR is a bad idea. Any type of graphics emulation means colour compression. If you want consistent color you need a native app or one running in wine.
    • Pascal,
      I work with smaller RAW's from C5Dm2, but performance is very similar to this from bare machine. I work with files that are stored on my linux machine and are connected to VM as network drives. Make sure you leave at least 6G for VM, and you have more than 1 virtual cpu in VM settings (i've enabled 8, so my VM can use all hardware threads). Check in BIOS if virtualization for your CPU is enabled (also, your CPU must support this feature, what is very important) and then check 'Enable VT-x/AMD-V' checkbox on Acceleration tab of VM settings. I think that 3D and 2D acceleration from Display tab, may be important.

      From my benchmarks, on my i7 @3,6GHz there is no more that 5-10% decrease in performance in cpu processing time.
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  • With the cloud and new way to deal with customers (I know Lr is still available without the cloud, but for how much longer?) trying to lock them in a pay-per-month-or-you-loose-your-work model better moving away from Adobe product anyway at this stage.

    I've been one of many people asking for a Lr on GNU/Linux (even ready to pay twice the price if necessary) but now even if Lr for GNU/Linux sees light I'm not even sure to buy it for the above reasons. I'm a quite happy user of darktable which impress me every day (and yes I'm an quite experimented user of Lr).
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    There are many reason not to use WINE, (don't even get me started), however there is always reputation and the bottom dollar to consider. Here is my logic:
    1) A native version would be awesome, but when porting to different operating systems and deadlines to meet / revenues to generate, a very broken version that deters customers has often surfaced.
    2) Small modification of the program by their creators is much easier especially since the WINE DDLs are open sourced.
    3) The WINE community code could benefit for Adobe's input.
    4) A true percentage of the Linux community customer base would be established by LR phoning home with the true OS the user is running. This could provide a stepping stone for a native version.
    5) I am a Linux believer but from a programmers aspect, writing graphically intensive native code for all of the major Linux distributions can be a headache. It's a good idea to offload as much processing to the GPUs as possible, but NVIDIA, INTEL, AMD, binary and open source drivers make this difficult. There are allot of variables to consider. On another note, Darktable does to many of the things LR does (even GPU accelerated), just not as many community created filters which turns off many photographers.

    For those customers that insist on running LR on a Linux Distro, I do create a Windows XP / (7) VM (VirtualBox), and create an icon that open in seamless mode with no Windows taskbar. This gives the illusion of running the program in a native environment (yes the customers actually know what is going on) and is "good enough" for them. The tweaks I do are exactly as mentioned by "Piotr Jaczewski ", however on RAM limited environments, I will allow host caching for the virtual HDD if the user needs other major programs running. (Prevents alot of HDD thrashing when Windows goes to use the pagefile).

    The largest single performance boost I can recommend for anyone is "get yourself a solid state drive".

    Whew... In closing, I wonder if anyone has tried Codeweaver's support for LR.
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  • I think I will attempt LR on WINE with hand picked Windows DLLs. I really haven't given this any serious effort, only looked for others' solutions. I'll let you know what I come up with over the weekend. If I get it to work I will post my results on this forum with which DLLs to replace. I will start with LR 4 and Windows XP seeing as I don't have any other version of LR available to me now. After XP I will skip VISTA and go straight to 7. The down side is if I get this to work, it will only be available to legitimate Windows users (shouldn't be too bad said Windows XP computers are about as common as flies in a dumpster in back of a fish market).
    Also, as I release my findings, hopefully the rest of the forum users here could help me with alpha testing.
    Wish me luck!
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  • FWIW I tried to run LR4 with Crossover from 11.3 up. This doesn't work in Linux Mint 13 (32 bit). I don't know enough about LR to offer any explanation, but would be happy to take part in any further experiments.
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  • Personnally I have abandonned Lightroom. I now use digikam? If one day there is a lightroom for linux I will consider it, but for now it's bye bye adobe.
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  • Lightroom 4.4 on WINE.
    Here we go. (BTW, I will continue to add to this single post as my working log.)
    WARNING: DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT I DO HERE ELSE YOU WILL PROBABLY BREAK YOUR SYSTEM UNLESS YOU ARE A VERY BRAVE SOUL!

    ...you have been warned. I will mark this thread s_lved when I believe I have found a viable solution. Some assumptions are: 1) Clean Install 2) Inexperienced Linux user install.

    Base System:
    HP Pavilion DV-7 3085DX
    RAM: 6 GB
    Graphics: GeForce GT 230M 1024 MB
    Kernel: 3.2.0-52-generic x64
    Distro: Linux Mint 13 (maya) 64 bit
    Graphics Driver: NVIDIA binary v 319.32
    Note: Installing clean version of mint 13 x64 in chroot environment. (Won't mess up my system but will expose OS to native hardware).

    Do some updates:
    "sudo apt-get update"
    "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade"
    (Answer "N" when asked while updating).
    Reboot your computer.

    Let's clear out all of the old packages.
    "sudo apt-get clean
    If you have an Intel based processor, I recommend installing intel-microcode.
    "sudo apt-get install intel-microcode"
    Now we are going to add the wine ppa so we have the latest version of WINE.
    "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa"
    "sudo apt-get update"
    "sudo apt-get install wine1.6" (be sure to agree to the EULA else fonts will be jacked.)

    Update: Running into some .net issues. As soon as I get through this, I will post my results. Seems Adobe uses many different frameworks for LR.
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  • I’m frustrated
    arent you guys embarrassed yet? This is getting absurd. Make a linux version already.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Why there is no GNU/Linux version of lightroom ?Great software merit great OS..


    Lightroom is a great software, probalbly the best with darktable. Why there is no version for GNU/Linux ? I cannot buy it without linux version
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    When I will be able to buy Lightroom for 64 bit Linux?.


    I would buy Elements for Linux, too.
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  • I’m Meh
    Until such time as Adobe decides to release a GNU/Linux version of Lightroom, some folks have found ways to make Lightroom work with Wine. Others have it running in a Windows VM under Linux.
    I, too, wish they would create a Linux version, even if I had to buy it again, I'd give serious thought to doing so.
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