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Install Google Earth 5.1 in Ubuntu 9.10


published January 16th, 2010 | categories: Browsers, Chrome, Firefox, Google, how-to, Informational, Linux, Linux Distributions, software, Ubuntu | all categories

Google Earth (GE) 5.1 had me a little baffled. After all, Google makes installation of their tools in Linux pretty much bulletproof. Surprisingly enough, I had some difficulty downloading GE using the Chrome browser. When I agreed to the licensing and then download, the browser would just hang. It was not a time issue as the browser just locked up. This behavior is very strange to say the least.

After downloading the GoogleEarthLinux.bin file in Firefox, you need to change the permissions on the file to 755. In other words, right-click the .bin file and change to Read & Write, Read Only, Read Only, then set the file as executable. Next, open up Terminal and issue the following commands. If you need to change your current present working directory (pwd), do so with the cd command.

sudo ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin

If you are also having problems with the download, I have a GoogleEarthLinux.zip available.

Installation part 1

Installation part II

Installation is complete

Google Earth first time boot


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