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gThumb is a Linux photo manager which came in third place in our "Best Linux Photo Manager / Organizer" poll.

An update in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx yesterday reverted gThumb from 2.11.x to 2.10.11:

Revert to 2.10.11. It appears that 2.11.x series is not stable enough for an LTS with too many big changes. The new workflow isn't documented enough as well. (LP: #545871)

The package in Lucid is now called "gthumb_2.11.2.1.is.2.10.11-0ubuntu1".

This is a big hit to gThumb which adds a lot of amazing features in the latest 2.11.x series, such as Flickr and Picasaweb export support. Even more, the latest GIT build also includes a new extension to export photos to Facebook.

If you still want to use gThumb 2.11.x in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (ther are packages for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala too), you can use the WebUpd8 PPA (for Lucid and Karmic):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gthumb

Before installing, please remember that the WebUpd8 PPA publishes some experimental packages (from GIT, SVN, etc.) like VLC 1.1.0, Murrine GTK engine from GIT and so on. You have been warned!

Known issues:

I noticed a bug with Nvidia graphics cards which displays the following error (but gThumb still works):
NVIDIA: could not open the device file /dev/nvidiactl (Permission denied).

You can fix it by using the following command:
sudo chown YOUR_USERNAME /dev/nvidia

replacing YOUR_USERNAME with... your username.