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gThumb: The Free Software IrfanView

Apr 29, 2010, 14:32 (4 Talkback[s])


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"So you've done it, you moved over to GNU/Linux (or you made your move a while ago). Everything works and you're happy with it. Well, for a while now, I've been asked the same question on many occasions, a question I did not previously have a good answer to, "Can I use IrfanView with Debian [Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.]".

"Before recently my answer was always "You can't use IrfanView, as it's only available for Windows, and there isn't a good IrfanView equivalent for GNU/Linux." Well, I'm happy to say as of version 2.11.3 that I can now tell people that gThumb is as good as IrfanView, if not better

"I used to suggest F-Spot, no one liked that. Sure it can view and organize images and can make simple edits, like resize, crop, brightness and contrast, but it also started slow compared to IrfanView, and didn't (still doesn't?) play audio and video. Also its Mono dependencies really made F-Spot a pain, because the Mono libraries take up quite a bit of space, 35.8MB for just Mono, does that sound like a small simple image viewer? IrfanView takes up 9.7MB the last time I checked. And gThumb takes up 10.5 here. Free Software advocates also don't like using F-Spot because of potential patent issues with Mono."

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