Google Earth for Linux

June 12th, 2006 by TimeDoctor

Ryan “The Gordonculus” Gordon updated his .plan with news of a native (not wine/winelib like Picasa) Google Earth for Linux. Which is Google’s 3D map of the planet houston we live on. Unfortunately it still uses QT, but what are you going to do. In the .plan update he also mentions that he will continue working on Second Life now that Google Earth is completed. Call of Duty 2 is there too, but just for the server, which is why we haven’t mentioned it.

Google Earth Downloads: [ Google ]

18 Responses to “Google Earth for Linux”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I just need to look into increasing the font size.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    What’s wrong with Qt. I’ve programmed Qt. It’s a very nice library. Much better than GTK.

  3. Crusader Says:

    There’s nothing wrong with Qt… zakk is just c-c-c-razy!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Any other KDE guys here? I’ve been using a lot of Qt for years and I can’t see any downside to it. I certainly don’t see how it could be listed as a negitive for a Google Earth.

    By the way, how do you increase font size?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I guess if you want it to be as “compatible” as possible with all possible distributions relying on Qt can be seen as a bad thing.

    It looks great to me though. I swear it was literally yesterday that I was playing around with Google Earth at work and thinking to myself “Gee it would be swell if they released this for Linux!” Damn you Ryan get out of my head!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you!

    I guess google got the message that they were whoring linux.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I was some what critical about wine. I can’t say I see a problem with them using Qt. There are some technical issues with the implementation of Qt that I’m not fond of. Those mostly stem from the state of C++ way back when Trolltech was making design decisions compounded by the need to maintain backwards compatability.

    I don’t see any problem with Google Earth or any other app I may install using Qt. I hope they don’t use KDE libs, since there is more overhead associated with starting a KDE app for those of us not using KDE, but still it’s not that bad.

    For that matter, if they’d made a native app using winelib, I’d question their reasoning abilities but I’d still respect them in the morning. Unlike wine, where the app requires the under-specified runtime environment of another operatiing system, I see no problem with providing Linux support via Qt.

  8. nacs Says:

    “Unfortunately it still uses QT”

    What the hell is wrong with QT? It’s cross platform, runs native and looks great.

  9. Anonymous Says:


  10. Anonymous Says:

    works fine on my ati 9600 card in my notebook

    and there is really no problem in neither using qt or any other toolkit, you just need to choose the right for your task

    in my opinion for example the gui designer from qt is really great, while gtk for example is easier to use “inline” … and tk is great for short scripts

    so every toolkit has its place anyway, and i have to say that google earth did choose the right for its task

    ps: ubuntu dapper here

  11. Anonymous Says:

    the .plan file mention a “Call of Duty 2 patch” .. we are talking server stuff right?

  12. barrett9h Says:

    I do prefer GTK over Qt, but Qt is ok.

    What I do hate is KDE or Gnome dependency.

    Google Earth was the *single* app that made me want to run Windows. But I didn’t anyway :)
    I’ve been running Linux as my primary system from many (7 or 8) years now, and there’s no trace on Windows in my computer for two years.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Lots of people have a problem with Qt because the license is not GPL and it’s not Open Source. These are the same people that have problems with Nvidia and Ati making “closed” drivers.

    These people are the same ones that drive people away from Linux and OSS projects. The whole mantra of ‘everything must be free’ really needs to relax and instead of saying open the source they really should open their eyes and see that is not how the world works.

    the only thing wrong with Qt is KDE, but that is a personal opinion which some people can’t seem to tolerate because it’s not the same as theirs…

    Flame On!

  14. ojt Says:

    Where have you been for the last few years? QT has been GPL since version 2.2 in 2000, although you can still choose to buy a commercial license if you like to develop commercial/closed source programs.

  15. Trizt Says:

    Linux native and QT, thats really nice, I hope there will be a chance to get the source under a GPL like license, so that it won’t be x86 only.

  16. sinister13 Says:

    [i]I guess if you want it to be as “compatible” as possible with all possible distributions relying on Qt can be seen as a bad thing.[/i]

    I can’t see any problem with [i]compatibility[/i]. Every GNU/Linux distribution include Qt libs. I want you to know also that GoogleEarth contains it’s own copy of Qt-3 libs:

    # equery files googleearth | grep libqt

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Look for ~/..googleearth/Registry/google/googleearthplus/User/render/guifontsize
    In it there should be a number, most likely 8, and nothing else. Increase this, (integers only), to increase the size of the font. Save the file and restart google earth if neccessary.

    If the file doesn’t exist then create it and put the font size you require into it.

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