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F12 Google Applications Google Earth

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Gregory R. Kriehn
F12 Google Earth

Install ttf-bitstream-vera Fonts

Before Google Earth can be launched, the ttf-bitstream-vera fonts need to be installed. They can be installed via yum:
~> sudo yum install sudo yum install bitstream-vera-fonts-common bitstream-vera-sans-fonts bitstream-vera-sans-mono-fonts bitstream-vera-serif-fonts
Press 'y' when prompted to install the programs and any additional dependencies.

Install Google Earth

The binary file for Google Earth can be downloaded from:


Click on the Agree and Download button to download the file. Once downloaded, change the permissions of the file:

~> chmod ugo+x ~/Download/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
Then execute the file using sudo:
~> sudo ~/Download/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
When the install GUI starts up, choose /usr/local/src/google-earth for the Install path and /usr/local/bin for the Binary path. When finished, change the security context of the libraries:
~> sudo chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /usr/local/src/google-earth/lib*.so
Next, we need to install some 32-bit libraries, since there is not a 64-bit version of Google Earth available yet. Start with installing the 32-bit NVIDIA library:
~> sudo yum install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 --enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing
Then install the remaining 32-bit libraries:
~> sudo yum install glibc.i686 libxml2.i686 freetype.i686 libXrender.i686 libXrandr.i686 mesa-libGL.i686 libcanberra-gtk2.i686 nss-mdns.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686
To launch Google Earth, type:
~> googleearth &
Alternatively, click on Applications -> Internet -> Google Earth to start the application.