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Old 01-05-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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Installing Google Earth on Mandriva Linux

I Want to install Google Earth and Google Desktop search...... If it possible , I'd be very grateful for any help
Old 01-05-2006, 12:11 PM   #2
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From the looks of the way things are going, Google will probably release those programs to Linux eventually, then you won't have to worry about porting them. They've recently released thier "IE Only" toolbar to Firefox and therefore Linux, so I imagine that the Google Earth and Desktop Search won't be far behind.
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Until such times, however, you might want to try running it under either WINE, CrossoverOffice or Cedega. They are all WINE based, however, XOverOffice and Cedega have specific goals and so a slightly different codebase.

There should be RPM files for WINE on Mandriva's install CDs (or their website).
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The website for Mandriva's packages is Follow the instructions there to get access to the software repos and you can then isntall anything from those repos using urpmi or RPMdrake.
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Mandriva does have an app installed by default that is similar to Google desktop. I'll probably get flamed for this.....Kat.

Kat is similar to the Windows application Google Desktop Search and the Mac OSX utility Spotlight.This is a quote from the web page below:

I know nothing about Google desktop, or understand the need for a desktop search engine to search my pc. Is it to try to replace command line tools like locate which works wonderfully? Anyway, it is there, people complain about the resources it uses.Maybe if you read up on it and configured it right it would be ok. Some things just are way faster at command line, and simpler to use than you would think.

Anyway, I don't know a thing about Kat or Google Desktop other than what I have read in forums, that being to dump Kat, and that Kat is like Google Desktop. Above link is so you can make your own decision.
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Is it to try to replace command line tools like locate which works wonderfully?
No because locate doesn't look inside files or at file meta-data on music, image and video files. Adding to what you said the OP might also like to try Beagle which is the GNOME equivalent of Kat, it might be a little more mature (or maybe not).


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