Google Earth runs with no problems on my Slackware box. Download the binary, chmod the executable flag, run the installation, bing, bang, boom.
I have not yet gotten it to run on my Dell 1545 Ubuntu v. 10.04 laptop (Celeron 2.16 GHz 2 GB RAM). With Google Earth v. 4, the best I could do is to get it to run once. Then it would not run again: the program would start, but would stop before the picture of the earth loaded from the Google server.
After installing Google Earth v. 5 successfully on my Slackware desktop yesterday, I tried again. Both computers are connecting through the same router; the Slackware box is wired, the Ubuntu is wireless.
After the installation routine finished, it presented me with the option to start the application immediately. I clicked "Yes" and the installation dialog window went away, then nothing happened.
I tried running it from a terminal as root and got an error that GLIBCXXX.3.4.9 was missing.
I found this link
which suggested I delete or rename these two files in the installation directory (/opt/google-earth): libstdc++.so.6 and libgcc_s.so.1.
I renamed them to *.old; after I did that, the program started from the command line, but crashed before loading while the startup tip window is showing (I hate startup tips with a passion). I was still under su
rights ("sudo su
This LQ post
suggests disabling the startup tips, but the display did not last long enough for me to point the mouse at the checkbox, let alone click anything.
But all that was yesterday. Today it got truly weird.
Today, while I was drafting this post in Gedit (I wanted to have all the details correct), I tried sudo googleearth
from the terminal and now it runs; I seem to have full functionality. The computer has not been rebooted: uptime=2 days, 17:41.
When I start it from the command line as user, though, it loads but does not load the maps.
It does not throw any errors when started by user. It just chokes.
Here's the ls on /opt/google-earth/googleearth; it is the same on both computers:
ls -l googleearth
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1308 2010-09-27 17:48 googleearth
I've attached a screen shot of what happens when I try to start it as user. I don't consider this an urgent problem, because, frankly, Google Earth is a toy for me. A really nice fun toy, but still a toy.