How to Install Google Earth 7 on Fedora 17 / 18

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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/ 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

Download Google Earth, for 64 bit systems:

wget -c

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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