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Wed, Apr 27, 2011 4:50 AM

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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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Champion

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881 Messages

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19K Points

9 years ago

Hello!
It's a question that has been asked many times in other venues about Photoshop, and the message I always heard is that the market research hinted that there might not be enough Linux users that would want to pay for the software. Not enough versus the cost of porting, and maintaining a Linux version (Quality Assurance, for instance), and also that the linux market is too fragmented, and that the necessary groundwork might not be there. (color management, etc.)

But I guess that we'll hear from engineers.

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3K Points

9 years ago

I work on the LR team and actually tinkered a bit (back in the 1.4 - 2.0 timeframe) with making some tweaks to LR and Wine to make it run that way, but never had enough (personal) time to throw at the job.

Lightroom probably has a lower porting effort than (say) Photoshop since it is smaller in general and many of the pieces are very portable (the Lua interpreter, SQLite, and much of the app is already in platform agnostic Lua scripting code), but it's still a pretty big undertaking.

My home laptop is dual booted with Windows 7 now for Lightroom and Netflix watch instantly...

P.S. I'd encourage your friends to cast their votes as well. If there's any way to ensure it doesn't happen it'd be for this post to have only a couple of votes!

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3.5K Points

So at least it's not a huge technical hurdle. It appears to come down to the willingness to invest time and capacity from within the business.

I'm not so sure Linux users would cast their vote here though. Many of them don't care about LR as long as it doesn't run on 'their' platform, and I suspect most Windows/Mac users don't either as long as LR keeps running as it does. It's a classic chicken/egg problem.

Otoh, I'm sure the same dilemma existed when Photoshop was orginally ported over to Windows, back in the day...

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700 Points

Well I've been a proponent of the Lr for Linux since a very very long time. Don't remember if this thread has been started by me, there was so many to ask for a Linux port.

But the good news is that today I just don't need that. I'm using (as some professional photographers now) darktable on a daily basis which is on many aspects better than Lightroom. So why hanging there... At least give darktable a try!

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166 Points

Thanks!
i saw darktable before, but didn't think that this software is mature enough.

will try it now!

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700 Points

I'm using it since more than 2 years now. See what can be done with it:

http://studio.obry.net

Not bad?

See also: http://www.rileybrandt.com/2015/10/15/foss-photo-flow-2015/

And there is many video tutorials on the net. Be sure to check them, the power of darktable comes with a bit of complexity. It is quite different to what Lr does and propose for example. It has taken me some time to grasp it.

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172 Points

I've tried Darktable on numerous occasions, almost with every update, but I just can't get used to the interface. I had much less trouble with getting used to Linux when switching from Windows and Mac than I have had with Darktable :(

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160 Points

9 years ago

it has my vote. I have been an adobe customer for a very long time and am very disappointed that none of my apps run properly under Linux. I am 100% Linux now on all my machines at home and work, and miss the features of Lightroom and Elements for Photo editing. I hate to think of looking at other products, but Adobe doesn't work well in wine.

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700 Points

9 years ago

Count me in as disapointed. I'm a Lighrroom customer since version 2.0 and keep a Windows partition just for handling my pictures. This is just bad as it break my workflow, each time I want to handle my pictures I need to reboot!!!! I've been asking about a GNU/Linux Lighroom version, always the same answer not enough potential client... I just bet this is wrong and reading post from different forums it seems that the port should not be that hard and that many people are asking for it.

So yes count me in! I've even said that I'm ready to pay twice the price for Lightroom on GNU/Linux, I'm not joking, I'd pay that and right away!

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130 Points

9 years ago

Another vote from me too.
I have paid for my home banking application on linux and I would pay for Lightroom too.

Best regards
Stefan

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700 Points

9 years ago

Right, I do think many people are ready to pay... Not sure Adobe seems to be interested though :( I've never read a NO or YES from Adobe, seems like they are just ignoring this from years now!

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22.5K Points

Adobe would be interested if "many people are ready to pay". Does 6 comments in 6 months indicate that many are?

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196 Points

You can't go by "6 comments in 6 months". Many people sitting and wishing for a Linux version don't sit around and post about wanting it.

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22.5K Points

Well, it says a lot if they can't be bothered, even when an Adobe employee shows the door is open....

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700 Points

9 years ago

Exactly, there is many people on my photo club ready to buy a GNU/Linux license. Of course GNU/Linux is a smaller (far smaller) market now, but well why should I be forced to use Windows!

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3K Points

If you know folks that would be interested in a Linux version, I'd really encourage you to have them jump on this thread and at least add a vote for it. I subscribe to all replies on this thread and read all of them. See my post above, I'm a developer, LR team member, and home Linux user myself.

I can't speak for how many votes it'd take to inspire action for a full native port (that decision is not mine to make), but if I saw the vote count on this thread start climbing enough (lets say 50+, enough to get it in the top 5 most popular Lightroom requests), I might be inspired to resurrect my personal side project of getting LR to work respectably under Wine as a starting point. Since I have access to the code, I may even be able to make tweaks that make the app more portable if time permits, especially if it turns out the misbehavior under Wine turns out to be an Lightroom side bug that Windows just handles more gracefully.

The testing and development cost of a full port would be high enough that it'd be hard to make a business case for it. However, if getting it operational under Wine could build some momentum and demonstrate a paying customer base, it might give me more to work with to make the case.

Just my 2 cents.

DT

P.S. I've also purchased all the Humble Bundles as my own personal way of supporting developers that support desktop Linux, too. Well, that and there have been some really nice indie games that have participated that I was thinking of picking up anyway.

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700 Points

I've passed the message to some folks I know but maybe a french forum would be better...

Please folks pass the message to photographers you know, maybe a GNU/Linux port of Lighroom is something we will see at some point!

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84 Points

Voted, thanks to Pascal !
I've been a linux advocator long enough to be interested and willing to purchase a linux license if available, even though I now own a Mac license. I like the idea to be able to have a free (like in freedom) OS to fallback to just in case OS-X goes worse in the future.

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3K Points

Interesting. This has been ramping up in votes a bit. Seven more and it'll be on the first page of requests...

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80 Points

I want a Linux Lightroom version since I am not using Windows/Mac. Expect to pay for it.

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82 Points

9 years ago

I have used LR since v1.0, skipped 2.0, then continued from 3.0. I have also purchased LightZone for my Linux box. LR does most things faster!

I would willingly pay again if LR was ported to Linux or at least stable under Wine.

John

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82 Points

Me too. I have used LR since the 1.0 Beta. I would pay for a Linux version to get rid of my cursed VirtualBox XP setup.

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102 Points

9 years ago

I'd be happy just being able to run Lightroom through wine. Ridiculous that I have to use Vmware + Windows just for one program.

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82 Points

9 years ago

I'm using GNU/Linux (and only that) since more 10 years. So, I can't use LightRoom for my Photo processing. And I dont want to buy a Windows license for only that.

I vote for a GNU/Linux version of LightRoom.

I just notice that BibbleLabs (a little bit smaller than Adobe) edits a GNU/linux version of Bibble. Why Adobe can't do that ?

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62 Points

9 years ago

I think the reason we won't get many comments here is because the majority of linux users has already lost hope. Adobe never gives a direct answer just a lot of hot air.

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700 Points

9 years ago

I feel the same but I don't want to believe that :( I hope Adobe will at some point give us GNU/Linux users the opportunity to avoid messing with dual-boots!

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22.5K Points

9 years ago

That's a bit of a limp excuse, isn't it?

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84 Points

9 years ago

I just want to weigh in here, I've been following this thread for some time now but never wrote. Now I finally decided to write here, just so I won't angry with myself, when I read again that there aren't enough people who can even be bothered to write here.

I'm a linux user for several years now, I got really in to photography this year and I would be willing to buy Adobe Lightroom in the blink of an eye if there was a linux version. I was tempted to buy a windows version but decided against, it simply because I don't want to support Adobes negligence of the linux community (e.g. not even bother to optimize lightroom to run in wine or creating a native linux version). And for the moment i can make due with the alternatives. I do realise however, that there are many people who would like to use linux but don't have this choice, since they earn their living as photographers.

But I am also quite sure, that there are a lot of linux users like me who would be willing to pay, but who don't need lightroom urgently enough to get the windows version. Let's face it linux users tend to be a bit geeky or just plain nerds. And those two share at least one characteristic; they are passionate about there hobbies. Therefore I assume quite a lot of them would be willing to spend the money on Lightroom, since it really isn't that expensive compared to other photo gear.

I hope I can encourage others to join in and help Adobe convince there is a market for their products in the linux community. We are willing to pay!

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92 Points

9 years ago

I'll admit that I'm one of those who have searched and found "many" posts of Lr users wanting/wishing for a Linux version. I fully understand the difficulties in porting and more importantly supporting the application to a potentially large number of Linux distros. Nevertheless, I still hold out hope that I will one day be able to get rid of my Windows VMWare install when I can pay for a Lr linux version.