Feb 18, 2008

Google behind Photoshop’s new Linux compatibility

Source: apc Magazine

Google recently confirmed in a blog posting that it had paid Codeweavers to help develop WINE to make Photoshop usable on the well-regarded but still somewhat unpredictable software package, which aims to replicate Windows libraries to enable popular Windows applications run in a Linux environment.

“Photoshop is one of those applications that Desktop linux users are constantly clamoring for, and we’re happy to say they work pretty well now,” Google engineer and Wine release manager Dan Kegel wrote. “About 200 patches were committed to winehq, and as of wine-0.9.54, Photoshop CS2 is quite usable,” Kegel noted in a separate post.

The sponsorship was also mentioned during a Google presentation at in Melbourne last month, focusing its Summer of Code student training program. “We have paid for a whole bunch of improvements to a whole bunch of stuff,” program manager Leslie Hawthorn said. “We haven’t actually talked about it, but we recently paid CodeWeavers to do some work on Wine so you can run Photoshop CS2 and 3″

As such, it’s not a big stretch to imagine that prospects for the 2008 program might want to propose further enhancements to the Adobe product line. Coming up with an update process that’s not a global embarrassment would be a good start. Patching Acrobat Reader is painful enough on a standard Windows machine; doing so under pseudo-emulation quite possibly violates international anti-torture laws.
Adobe certainly seems to be in Google’s sights. “Perhaps not coincidentally, apps like Flash 8 are now starting to work in Wine, too,” Kegel wrote. “We look forward to further improvements in this area.”

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