what program do i use to run google earth?

Asked by j. bostwick1 on 2009-05-12

i am trying to load google earth to run on my computer and it is asking what program do i want to use to run google earth. i would expect it to load and run without my input.

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CMoulton (bozwick) said : #1

I am not an expert on linux, however you might check to see if "Python" is installed on your system. It might be required to run google applications. Hope this helps, Chris

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #2

Indeed it should, except perhaps for a triggering icon or menu entry.

Where did you get googleearth from? Have you installed it?

The easiest is to get it from the Medibuntu repositories: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu/

In this case it has nothing to do with python missing.

I strongly suggest installing google earth from the package repositories (search in Synaptic, it's "googleearth")

An easy way to run a .bin file from the GUI is to right click the file and click Properties, go to Permissions and check the box next to "Allow executing file as program", then rename the file and remove the .bin extension. Nautilus should now start the program.

Ketan (ketan-bandekar) said : #4

I have installed the googleearth package. But not able to figure out any way to use it. Where do you find the program or the file whose permissions need to be modified.

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #5

It will only show up in Synaptic if you have it installed on your system. It is not a standard program included in Ubuntu.

To get Google Earth go to Medibuntu at the URL above.

Tom (tom6) said : #6

Try installing from

System - Administration - Synaptic package Manager

but only after following the instructions in

It sounds as though you might have tried installing the Windows version rather than the Linux one for Ubuntu. There's also "marble" for kde but i think GoogleEarth is more widely used and has more features at the moment.

j. bostwick1 (j-bostwick1) said : #7

Many thanks to all !! If you were to ask how I did it, I don't know for sure, but somehow it worked. Again thanks to all. j.bostwick
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Tom (tom6) said : #8

lol, ahh that pre-empted my question lol. Did you try the medibuntu page i gave?

Best Tom (tom6) said : #9

Nicely done and congrats btw ;)))))
Regards from
Tom :)

j. bostwick1 (j-bostwick1) said : #10

Thanks Tom, that solved my question.

Tom (tom6) said : #11

Thanks, but i think Andre deserved the karma points for that really.
Thanks and regards from
Tom :)