To answer this question I have tested F-Spot, Shotwell, Picasa, Digikam and KPhotoalbum to see which is the easiest to use, does fastest imports, has best features and is stable.
Here are some features that are a mush have for any photo management app:
* free rotation
* save tags info into image metadata not only in private database
* fast import
From every aspect I have compared apps F-Spot comes at top. Until Shotwell adds some basic features like free rotation and slideshow I just can’t see it replacing F-Spot. Competition is a great thing that will probably inspire both Shotwell and F-Spot devels.
Picasa has some great features, best UI but it also has some really strange crashing issues. When it starts to crash there is no way to troubleshoot it and repair it, and your photos are unavailable. If Picasa becomes native open source app and fixes crashing issues it would be the best Linux photo manager, but it fails too often 😦
Other apps have some really strange UI design choices and aren’t as intuitive as Shotwell, Picasa or F-Spot.
Fusion Linux will use F-Spot as default photo manager because it is has most of features that regular users need (Picasa has some cool unique features), has really clean and intuitive UI (Shotwell has excellent UI also) and is stable as a rock (Picasa has some strange stability issues).
Unfortunately there is actually not much choice, when you eliminate most of apps that have one shortcoming or other you are left only with F-Spot.
Fusion LinuxFusion Linux is a completely free and open-source, Linux based operating system and a Fedora Remix. It is an installable Live DVD/USB image that includes multimedia functionality out of the box with added desktop tweaks for better usability and additional software. The Live image can be installed to your hard disk. Fusion Linux is 100% compatible with Fedora, and includes packages from Fedora and RPM Fusion software repositories with some additional custom packages.
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