A long overdue update to Google Earth for Linux
October 2, 2016 2 Comments
Google has finally released Version 18.104.22.16800 of Google Earth for Linux, fixing various crashes and the infamous empty Panoramio window. The last version of Google Earth for Linux that worked properly ‘out of the box’ in Gentoo Linux for me was 22.214.171.1248, and that was several years ago.
The current version of Google Earth in the Portage main tree is 126.96.36.1999. That version does not display Panoramio photos in Gentoo Linux (Stable Branch) on my Clevo W230SS laptop (NVIDIA Optimus), and Version 188.8.131.529 crashes at launch more often than not. So I was keen to try the new version. Below are the steps I followed to install Version 184.108.40.20600 in the Portage local overlay on the laptop. If you don’t already have a local overlay, see the Gentoo Wiki article Overlay/Local overlay. Don’t forget to copy the
files directory and its contents from
/usr/local/portage/sci-geosciences/googleearth/ as well.
1. Download the file
google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb from the Google Earth Web site (Download the latest version of Google Earth for PC, Mac or Linux).
2. Edit the file
/etc/portage/package.use/googleearth and add the line:
3. Edit the file
/etc/portage/package.unmask/googleearth and add the line:
4. Edit the file
/etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/googleearth and add the line:
5. Copy the downloaded binary package to the
distfiles directory and rename the package:
6. Create an ebuild for the new version and generate a manifest:
7. Install Google Earth 220.127.116.1100:
The package was installed without any trouble:
Google Earth for Linux 18.104.22.16800 launches quickly and without trouble on this laptop, and Panoramio photos are indeed now visible again (finally!). The only issue is one I also came across over a year ago after hacking an earlier version of Google Earth for Linux: If you click on a photo icon and the Panoramio window that opens displays several thumbnails, clicking on a thumbnail results in a white Panoramio window without any photo and thumbnails. Apparently this only happens in KDE. Anyway, the work-around is to right-click on the desired thumbnail and select ‘Open in New Window’.