How to Install Google Earth 7 on Fedora 17 / 18

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to install Google Earth 7 on Fedora 18. There are some errors with Google Earth on Fedora 18, but this is what I have done to go around them.

The required steps are to remove the persian fonts file and install the 32bit version of the mesa-dri-drivers. These provide /usr/lib/dri/r300_dri.so which is what was missing and causing it to crash for me. The google earth rpm also needs to be force installed to get around the ownership of /usr/bin issue.

These are the commands that worked for me:

Install some dependencies:

$ sudo yum install sb-core-ia32 lsb-graphics-ia32

Download Google Earth, for 32 bit systems:

$ wget -c http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_i386.rpm

Download Google Earth, for 64 bit systems:

wget -c http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_x86_64.rpm

Install Google Earth:

$ sudo rpm -ivh google-earth-stable_current_x86_64.rpm --force

Remove the persian fonts file:

$ sudo mv /etc/fonts/conf.d/65-fonts-persian.conf{,.bak}

For both, 32 bit and 64 bit systems, install the mesa-dri-drivers*.i686:

$ sudo yum install mesa-dri-drivers*.i686

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5 comments on “How to Install Google Earth 7 on Fedora 17 / 18
  1. Randy says:

    Also had to install lsb-core-ia32 and lsb-graphics-ia32. Everything else worked great. Thanks for the note!

  2. Brian Mulford says:

    thank you this has been extremely helpful!!!!

  3. Youcef says:

    thanks !

  4. Guille Bonahora says:

    This method was fine on my Acer 5551 AMD ATI Radeon HD4250 and Fedora 19 with Fedora’s driver. But on the same notebook, another partition, I’m running Fedora 17, kernel 3.3.4-5 (the original after a fresh installation) and Catalyst 13.1 and GE doesn’t run. The only reason I’m convinced to use ATI drivers is because the temperature is aproximately 8 C lower. Any help is welcome, thanks,

  5. Guy Merritt says:

    Thanks – seems to work fine on Fedora 19. Very cool…thanks for sharing this little guide.

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