On my phone (Android based) I use Google maps like crazy (I'd get lost in my own house I'm convinced). It keeps me from getting lost and misdirected. When at home, however, I like to refer to Google Earth to aid me in my quest to know my surroundings a bit better. Now, Google Earth is nothing new. It's been around for a while and in use by millions. But many people don't know that Google Earth has a Linux client that can be installed on just about any Linux distribution (so long as it meets the minimum requirements).
In this article I will walk you through the installation of Google Earth for your Linux machine. Once complete, you'll be zooming around the globe with ease.
As always, you should check to make sure your machine meets (or exceeds preferably) the minimum requirements for installation. The minimum requirements are:
The recommended requirements are:
If your machine meets these, let's move on.
You will need to download the binary installation file from the Google Earth download page. Once you have that on your hard drive (let's assume it was downloaded to ~/Downloads) it's time to get to work. The first steps are:
NOTE: If you are not on a machine that uses sudo then remove sudo from the command in line four above and, instead, su to the root user for installation.
After you issue the command for installation the GUI install window will appear (see Figure 1). In this window you need to configure the
Install path: This is where you want the package to be installed.
Symbolic link: Do you want to create a global executable in /usr/local/bin (You want to do this, otherwise the executable for the application will not be global).
Binary path: Where do you want the symbolic link to be placed.
The defaults, in most cases, should work fine, so click the Begin Install button which will start the installation. The installation should only take a few seconds and you will be ready to go. Upon completion of installation the installer will allow you to start the program by clicking the Start button. If you don't want to run it then you can always use the command googleearth to start Google Earth.
In my experience Google Earth on Linux runs as well as it does on any other platform. And, as you can see, the installation is nearly as simple. Do enjoy your Google Earth experience.
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