I had already installed the OS Ubuntu 10.4 on the broken Dell laptop and following the directions over at http://www.burgerfaire.com/ I had a pretty nice setup with Flickr. Yes I know I wanted Picasa but I didn't see any easy way to have it work. I know in the desktop version of Picasa there is the ability of slideshow, but I dont think it will be as easy as using FlickrFrame.
I think that I may have made some permissions issues so I will have to restart the project (not to worry). It running off of a 4G USB stick, and at most will probally take about an hour or so to get back to where I was.
One thing that I liked but wished I can pretty it up is pulling an RSS Feed for Weather/News. So far all I have seen is text super-imposed over an image which is great, but I would like a little more. I dont know enough about perl, xml or anything of that nature to even begin so that may come later.
I have to go purchase a frame also for this project soon, once I get it up and running how I want. Then I can dismantle the rest of the laptop and put it in the frame.