Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
Using WINE, with modifications by Codeweavers, Google Labs has ported the popular Picasa photo software over to Linux. The Picasa Linux download includes WINE, Gecko Engine, and the Windows software itself. While still in Beta form, this is excellent news for Linux desktop users. Perhaps Google will begin porting additional pieces of their software over to Linux -- such as Google Earth. More information on the Linux version of Picasa is at Google Labs.