Lightroom: Provide support for Linux

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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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martijn Saly

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Any way we can kick Adobe in the right direction? The longer they postpone, the harder it gets for them.

Oh and please stop recommending Darktable. Maybe it works for some folks, but it only gives Adobe a weak excuse not to port Lightroom over to Linux.
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Try Rawtherapee ;) . Darktable is full of bugs and quite slower. But... masks. Rawtherapee need to implement that.
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martijn Saly

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Sorry for the late reply, but no alternate software is going to help. All my existing stuff is still in Lightroom catalogs, and even *with* some conversion tool, I pretty much guarantee a conversion will not be without loss of at least some edits.
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Are you still expecting something from Adobe? Seriously? I have open this tread 2, 3 or more years ago!!!! I'm on a darktable forum and can tell you that many people are doing the transition now. Maybe it is time for you to do so? We are also starting to see some professional moving to darktable. In anycase, don't hold your breath on this.
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martijn Saly

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Can Darktable transition all my edits without any loss or visual changes? I seriously doubt it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Linux Support.

I would love to be able to edit on my Linux machine. Thanks for the web support, but there should be a real client app as well.
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There are a lot of us who are forced to keep on using windows just for using Lightroom. I am a physicist who does computational physics. I have absolutely no need and no time for windows and their updates and all the rubbish that comes along with it. These days it is becoming increasingly difficult to dual boot windows and Linux and I need Linux for my work and basically everything that can be done on a computer runs on Linux other than Photoshop and Lightroom. I absolutely love photography and Lightroom is the most essential tool for me and a lot of others. It would be wonderful to have Lightroom for Linux!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Linux Support, PLEASE..

I can use my laptop or phone for most operations and lightroom CC is awesome on both, cant wait for further updates but no linux support is heart breaking. I have linux on my desktop and would love the ease of use to edit my photos without hooking my laptop up to monitor.
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Kde has label and keywords feature in all environment. brfs format stores it eficient and securely. Zfs beats all ideas a mac/win user can have over a filesystem. This is cause i switched completely to freeBSD. memory caching, log caching, data caching, 1 nvme and 32G ram speed up all transactions to
100-500% (it depends is the storage volume is a raid-ssd or single Hdd, of course)

Lightroom replacements: darktable, rawtherapee, darklight... for batch processing imagemagick beats all know software and is integrated completely in the system.
PS: Krita. Gimp is still crazy module GUI with thousand of panels flying like bees.
Premiere: Davinci
AE: Davinci, and blender
illustrator: Krita, Inkscape

Maya, Openshot, kdenlive... a lot of really powerful software

tools for compress: the google algorithm Gueztli + mozpjeg can compress a 100% qual jpg sized in 1M to a 300kb image without any visual lossless.

Advanced users: I reccomend FreeBDS with root in zfs and own compiled kernel. I love Debian too.
Occasional users: Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, OpenSuse, (formatted with LVM or zfs)
noobs: Ubuntu studio, Fedora design suite, Mint or manjaro

Adobe don't loose the train! Forget macintosh, is falling in the ios abysm. Microsoft, nvidia, intel and GNU-Linux/BSD are alling at last!
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Do yo really expect Adobe drop macOS that has a 10% market share but add support for Linux that has a 2% market share.
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Troy Schulz

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2% is debatable. It could actually be much higher. It's hard to track because it's not based on sales.
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The OS usage percentages are normally obtained from internet login data, not sales so I think the 2% is probably close.  The relatively few people I know that use Linux want free software anyway so that is an additional reason for Adobe to not support Linux.
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I mean the reality of the problem is that adobe's code base is not stable enough to port to a new OS. They can barely get light room to function adequately on PC, porting to linux would be a bad decision on their part sadly.

If you need to edit video, use davinci resolve. It's better and more efficient anyhow.
Photoshop and light room have a wide number of alternatives. Might want to petition luminar for Linux support instead, they'll also be releasing their DAM for luminar soon as well. Serif, the company who makes Affinity would also be a good company to ask.

Adobe is just not capable.
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Otoh, if they can get it to compile for macOS, they are halfway there. MacOS is (loosely) based off linux/unix of some kind, and is POSIX compliant. Since any linux disto is also POSIX compliant, the core codebase should cross-compile without much extra effort.

And since the GUI is it's own little framework, that too shouldn't pose too much of a problem.

So indeed, Adobe is just not capable. But mostly unwilling.
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Windows has a Linux kernel inside, OS X a fragment of bsd. Both share a lot of resources with linux family.

Win 98 no. Mac OS 9 no. However, adobe has versions of PS since Ppc and dos based 32 bit platforms. Linux is retrocompatible a lot. Adobe no.

I think that soon it will only be ios /wincore compatible. Sorry Thomas Knoll, but I dislike to process image in a “aleatory-key based” 2 year obsolete 7” screen.

Bye, I’m going to call a friend by smart TV 32” XD
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Vote if you would pay full price for Lightroom on Linux.

Would you pay for Lightroom on Linux?  I would!  If you would too, please vote.

It would be great if Adobe made Lightroom available on some (any) version of Linux.  My wife has been happily using Lightroom on Windows 7, but Windows 7 is no longer supported and from what I've seen Windows 10 has serious issues.  There are many high-quality and stable Linux distributions with great user interfaces available today.  I suspect that part of the problem is an assumed small user base, with Windows dominating for desktop operating systems.  Well with Windows 10 the mess that it is, more people will be looking for options, and Linux just makes sense.  Another perception issue is the idea that people who use Linux don't want to pay for software.  And that may be true for many Linux users, but Lightroom users are different.  Lighroom users are willing to pay for quality software, and that will stay true regardless of what operating system it is running on.

Adobe, people have been asking about this for at least 9 years now.  The recent end of Windows 7, along with the maturity of many of the Linux distributions, makes now a great time to make this happen.

Thanks!
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There are no 'serious issues' with Win10, its a very clean and stable platform  and the upgrade to Win10 is still free
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I disagree.  Here's an article from two days ago, in Forbes magazine.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/03/07/microsoft-windows-10-warning-crashes-boot-audio-slowdown-problems-upgrade-windows-10-free/#62fca1d9641f  This is just the latest of many articles and posts I've seen.  And I tried the free Win10 upgrade on one of my newest PCs and it failed, repeatedly.  It has issues.
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I've installed Windows 10 dozens of times and I've upgraded many machines to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.  If the upgrade fails for some reason, I'd recommend doing a clean installation of your existing OS and then trying to upgrade from there.  Once you have a legal copy of Windows 10 on the machine, you can wipe the hard drive and do a fresh installation and you won't need a license key on that machine any more.

That said, I'd still like to see Lightroom on Linux.  I paid for Lightroom, then I paid for an upgrade, then I paid for a Creative Cloud subscription.  But, I'm tired of using Windows just for the sake of Lightroom and I'm no longer doing photography professionally.  I've cancelled my subscription and I have no interest in subscribing again unless I can install it on Linux (I'm willing to install any mainstream distribution that would be supported).  

I don't expect that will happen.  I purchased an alternative from Corel called AfterShot Pro, because it has a Linux version, but unfortunately it crashes constantly, so that isn't a viable option.  I'm perfectly willing to pay for good software.  For now, I'll try to see if I can make do with the available options on Linux.
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Thanks Nathan.  I was afraid we'd started moving off topic, so thanks for bringing us back.  Like you, I'm willing to install any mainstream distribution that Adobe might select.  

How about the rest of you?  Is Lightroom on Linux something you would pay for?  I'm hoping for "yes", and I've seen some likes.  But I would count Brian's response as a "no", and that's fine, too.  I welcome all responses.  Thanks!
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I gave up on Windows years ago and switched to Linux for our web server and OS X for almost everything else. Mac's UI is far better than anything I've seen on any Linux distro since Linux still has UI problems working with LED monitors. OS X is very Linux-like and that is one of its attractions; alsoI can get most of Linux's abilities by running it as a virtual machine on my Mac that has LR and Photoshop. So my short answer is no, I wouldn't pay for LR on Linux. Linux doesn't support the display quality that I need.
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I'm wondering what distros you are using and with what kind of LED monitors? At the computer shop I work for we sell Dell computers with Linux Mint Cinnamon using LCD and LED monitors and they work great and the displays are gorgeous!

If someone likes the Mac UI you can using Linux Mint Cinnamon with Compiz and make it look and work almost exactly the same as a Mac.
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I'll revisit the Linux options. My server runs SUSE 15 and I haven't recently tried anything graphically fancy with it. I'll try Mint Cinnamon as a VM on my iMac and see how it feels.

Thanks, Troy
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Will de Jong

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Jack, Troy, I've been enjoying reading your posts.  Jack, I'd love to hear your feedback on Mint Cinnamon.  I've heard good things about it but haven't yet tried it myself.
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Jack Nilles

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I have downloaded Mint Cinnamon to my iMac and will be testing it via Parallels or VMware over the next few weeks. More later.