Cooliris for Linux

Version 1.10 of Cooliris has been released, and for the first time this includes a Linux version! Cooliris is a Firefox extension that is built on top of various open source software such as FreeType, FFmpeg, Protocol Buffers (from Google), and dcraw.

Unfortunately, Cooliris itself is not free and open source software. It also has a pretty hefty EULA and the software collects lots of your information. On top of that, it has many patents pending. Sigh.


(i) Decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, modify, rent, lease, loan, distribute, or create derivative works (as defined by the U.S. Copyright Act) or improvements (as defined by U.S. patent law) based upon the Cooliris Software or any portion thereof;

(ii) Incorporate the Cooliris Software or any portion thereof into any computer chip or the firmware of a computing device manufactured by or for you;

(ix) Collect or harvest any information or data from the Cooliris Software, nor use any communication systems provided by the Cooliris Software, for any commercial purposes, or attempt to decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Cooliris Software;

(xiii) Bypass or circumvent the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Cooliris Software.

Still, it’s their software and they can do what they like. Don’t like it? Don’t use it. It’s just a pity that the free software community (and Cooliris themselves) can’t benefit from community collaboration.

If you don’t know what Cooliris can do, here’s a taste. This is me browsing some photos on Facebook, clicking and dragging to pan along the photos.
Cooliris Pan

And then selecting a photo which zooms in to a high resolution.
Cooliris Pan


2 thoughts on “Cooliris for Linux

  1. Hi Chris,

    It’s awesome. I’ve heard about it, but never saw it for Linux.

    Installed like a treat on my x86_64 system (always a good test!)

    Makes viewing my Flickr account and photo-stream ( ) much much easier!

    Love it!

    PS: A bummer about the privacy stuff and not releasing the code (though I suspect they may have to release ‘portions’ due to their use of some GPL code).

  2. Yeah, it’s certainly a nice product 🙂 As far as I can see on their website, they only provide a link to the “original sourcecode” of ffmpeg. I can therefore only assume they never modified any of the open source projects, but just call the libraries.


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