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Few, if any, photo viewing apps on any platform provide a perfect photo management experience. However, F-Spot Photo Management for Gnome gives Linux users a fairly complete set of photo tools. F-Spot ranks among the most well-known photo apps for Linux. In many ways it is similar to Google's repackaged Picasa Photo Organizer and the popular GIMP photo program. F-Spot's primary drawback, despite its usefulness, is its sometimes quirky operation. Provided your flavor of Linux supports the Gnome desktop, F-Spot can be a solid choice.
F-Spot is absolutely THE worst photo management application that has ever been created. You would be FAR better off just leaving every image you have right on your desktop than using the garbage that is F-Spot.
Stay far far away from this piece of trash. 95% of the time it doesnt even work, and the 5% of the time it does work it doesnt do what you need it to do. Stick with gThumb, Picasa, Gwenview or digiKam and you will be much happier.
The problem is Ubuntu has jumped on the .Net bandwagon and is pushing Mono, which is frankly a bloated whale and thus Gimp had to get tossed. So now they are trying to come up with lame praise for FSpot, which as you now know really sucks.
As someone who uses both Windows and Linux I honestly don't get the "Mono yay!" crowd anyway. On windows the only real headway I've seen with .NET is all those little freeware programs that used to use VBRuntimes, and it isn't like Linux needs those.
But I have to agree all the praise in the world won't change the big can o' suck that is FSPot. If they really wanted to toss Gimp they should have just placed Picasa as the default image editor and been done with it. Instead they toss Gimp from the default ISO and leave a completely broken and worthless app, so a default Ubuntu install can't even edit pictures. Yeah, that'll help convert folks off of Windows.
I found F-spot installed when I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10. Three times I tried to import my photos and three times F-spot just crashed. The collection is over 34k photos, and is extensively tagged. I had to go back to using Picasa, which, by the way, handled my collection flawlessly.
I'm glad you like F-Spot, but it won't work for me.