Will they work on different platforms? W ith the exception of Fotoxx that can only be installed on Linux, the other projects all provide installable binaries for Windows as well as Mac OS X. But none of these projects can be installed on mobile devices such as tablets or phones.
Of all the tools featured in this Roundup, darktable supports the largest number of platforms. You’ll find it in the software repositories of most popular distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch Linux, Debian and OpenSUSE. Apart from Windows and Mac, also offers packages for Solaris and BSD. You’ll also find a list of dependencies and instructions on installing it from source if your distribution isn’t supported.
Along with GIMP, DigiKam is one of the oldest projects and part of the KDE stable, but can run on any desktop environment with the requisite libraries installed. You’ll find it in the software repositories of most distributions. The project’s GitHub page is also an excellent resource and ideal for those who are on an esoteric system which doesn’t feature DigiKam in the software repositories. You can alternatively just grab the 380MB Appimage package, which doesn’t require installation and provides a working instance of DigiKam without hassles.
Unlike the other tools that provide downloadable packages or links to repositories, LightZone compulsorily requires users to register an account on the website, and doesn’t provide download information until you do. But don’t worry, the registration is free and asks nothing beyond a username and email address.
Along with repositories for Debian and OpenSUSE. Photivo has a list of dependencies if you decide to install it from source.
The PPA for Photivo, named ‘Highly explosive!’ features various tools popular with photographers and artists, so you can explore them as well