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Google Earth on an amd64 aka x86_64

Needed google earth to test some fancy features of my beloved Nokia E71. Repo’s shown Version 4.2 and 4.3 but they == google announced V5 recently. The Ubuntu 8.10 I’m using has a package called googleearth-package which creates a deb-file out of the installer provided by google:

sudo aptitude install googleearth-package
wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
make-googleearth-package --force
sudo dpkg -i googleearth_*.deb
cd /usr/lib/googleearth/
sudo mv libcrypto.so.0.9.8 wrong_libcrypto.so.0.9.8

The last part is necessary to avoid errors like this:

/usr/lib/googleearth/googleearth-bin: relocation error: /usr/lib32/i686/cmov/libssl.so.0.9.8: symbol BIO_test_flags, version OPENSSL_0.9.8 not defined in file libcrypto.so.0.9.8 with link time reference

As allways you have to be aware that googleearth is NOT open source and therefore evil 😉

Oh and btw – if you are a KDE user try:

googleearth -style plastique

All the good gnome-user out there should rather use:

googleearth -style cleanlooks

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