A long hiatus

I’ve really been neglecting all of my blogs this year. Earlier this week I vowed I’d change this. So if I do have any readers left, be prepared to finally see more frequent posts and a change in the layout sometime (hopefully soon) in the future.

I really have more than enough ideas on what to post about. I just need to get around to writing them instead of just thinking about writing them…

Running (Adobe) Lightroom on Linux

As an active Linux user my use of Lightroom was limited to the snatched minutes at Anna’s computer for a long time. With the amount of pictures we have and take, the tagging and keywording features were good enough to warrant a purchase even if they were the only feature I used.

After testing Vista for a while on my new laptop and using Lightroom on it I was hooked. So much so, that I put off installing Linux until I could figure out a way to run Lightroom on it. Yes, I endured Vista just so I could use Lightroom.

After a while the hardships of running Vista overcame the lure of Lightroom and I started installing Linux on the laptop. What helped my decision was my experience of running VMware with our development environments. Since I found that the player is free and I can create my own image of XP to run under Linux, my problem was solved.

So no, this post will not show you a method of hacking Wine to get Lightroom running with it (I haven’t even tested Lightroom with Wine). What I did was:

  1. Downloaded and installed the latest version of VMplayer.
  2. Created an empy VM with EasyVMX. I used a VMplayer 2 compatible VM so that I can share directories between my machine and the image without the need for Samba.
  3. Install XP (including various applications) in the empty virtual machine.
  4. Tweaked and fiddled with the shared directories.
  5. Ran Lightroom ;)

When I ran Lightroom in Vista, I used it to import the pictures from the memory card when I hooked it up. With the VM setup I don’t give the VM access to the memory card reader (I really don’t know why), so I copy the files manually and use rename to keep them in numeric order and lowercase the letters. My scheme for directories and such is simple: all pictures from a given day are copied into a date folder (e.g. 20071031). Each image is then renamed to represent the (almost) true shot number with the camera and camera specific identifier. (Our 300D’s images are img_ and the 30D’s are Vimg_ .)

The directory in which the pictures are copied is in a folder that I share with Lightroom, so now all I have to do is import them (with the setting that doesn’t move or copy the images) in and I’m all set to go.

One issue that I have noticed with running VMs in either Linux or Windows (XP, at work) is that on laptops it really increases the speed of the VM if it is on a separate drive, e.g. an external USB-drive.