[RndTbl] recommendations for good linux web server based photo gallery software?

Gilbert E. Detillieux gedetil at cs.umanitoba.ca
Thu May 30 11:10:02 CDT 2013

On 2013-05-30 08:28, John Lange wrote:
> I've used Gallery (http://galleryproject.org/) and it's pretty easy. You
> shouldn't be intimidated by the SQL requirement. Most distro's either
> have SQL installed by default or it's an easy package.

Also, if the thought of managing a SQL database is what you find 
intimidating, I'd highly recommend installing phpMyAdmin.  It makes most 
of the tasks you're likely to encounter much easier to deal with.  As 
long as you've got a basic understanding of relational database 
concepts, this saves you having to remember SQL and MySQL syntax.

> It's been a while
> since I set it up, but if I recall correctly Gallery has a really easy
> web-based auto-magical setup. Basically clicking next a few times. I
> haven't tried the other new ones mentioned in this thread, but back when
> I was setting up Gallery, it was the only one that was worth anything.
> That being said, I'll second Sean's comment. I don't run Gallery any
> more because doing it yourself isn't worth the effort when there are
> lots of site out there that do the same thing. You'll notice that
> Gallery is struggling to find maintainers and it's almost certainly due
> to the fact that people don't see value in DIY.

I would also second that, unless you're concerned about privacy issues 
with using off-site services.

> The days of the average person having their own server and hosting your
> own applications is over. I don't know how I feel about that...
> Regards,
> John
> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM, Sean Walberg <sean at ertw.com
> <mailto:sean at ertw.com>> wrote:
>     Just throw it on your social networking site of choice. Most people
>     already have an account, it saves you time managing a site, and it
>     saves the viewer even more time. Or put another way, if you store it
>     on your own server people will look at it once and forget about it.
>     Put it on a site they already spend time on and they might come back
>     and even engage with other attendees.
>     As silly as the site is, Facebook does a really good job of doing
>     this. I'm sure Flickr is the same too.
>     Sean
>     On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM, Gilles Detillieux
>     <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca <mailto:grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>> wrote:
>         After spending too much time figuring out how to install and
>         configure My Photo Gallery
>         (http://fuzzymonkey.net/__software/photogallery/
>         <http://fuzzymonkey.net/software/photogallery/>) on my CentOS 5
>         web server, only to realize it's completely inadequate for the
>         task we have in mind, I thought I'd turn to the group for help
>         before wasting a lot more time.  Do any of you have experience
>         with good photo gallery software for Linux?
>         I want something web based, which would make it reasonably easy
>         to invite select individuals to upload photos for various events
>         (seminars & symposia) we hold.  Ideally, we would set up a
>         gallery for each event, then e-mail attendees access info
>         (username & password) which would give them access to that
>         gallery to upload photos taken at the event.  After a time, we'd
>         close off access for uploads, e.g. by changing the password, but
>         keep the gallery up for public viewing from our site.  It would
>         have to be something really easy to use, simple and reliable, so
>         that invitees don't have to spend a lot of time leaning or
>         fighting with the site to upload a half-dozen pictures.  It
>         would be really nice if it allowed them to add comments to the
>         photos too.
>         I was thinking of trying Gallery 2 next, which is apparently
>         available from EPEL for CentOS 5.  But it looks like something
>         pretty big and complicated with lots of packages, and it needs
>         an SQL database on the back end, so I don't know how much of an
>         effort it will be to install, configure and learn.  So, I
>         thought I'd ask before investing a whole lot more time on this.
>           Any experience with this or other gallery software?  What's
>         good out there that would fit the bill for our needs?  Or should
>         we just give up on this idea and get everyone to upload to Flickr?
>         Thanks!
>         Gilles

Gilbert E. Detillieux		E-mail: <gedetil at muug.mb.ca>
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