Google Earth 6 has released a beta version, with the features : zoom from outer space to Street View, view buildings, bridges and trees in 3D, find locations, driving directions, and more. More detail refer to Official Google blog.

This tutorial is talking about how to install Google Earth 6, the .bin package downloaded from earth.google.com and fix some problems during the installation.

First, download the GoogleEarthLinux.bin from earth.google.com. Navigate to the directory where the package saved in Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal, give executable privilege and run the .bin :

cd Downloads/
chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin
./GoogleEarthLinux.bin --target /tmp/ge

Here the problem 1: if you get following error output looks like:

setup.data/setup.xml:1: parser error : Document is empty
setup.data/setup.xml:1: parser error : Start tag expected, ‘<' not found
Couldn't load 'setup.data/setup.xml'

run these commands to fix:

./GoogleEarthLinux.bin --target /tmp/ge
cd /tmp/ge/setup.data/bin/Linux/x86/   (for 64-bit: cd /tmp/ge/setup.data/bin/Linux/x86_64/)
mv setup.gtk setup.gtk2
cd /tmp/ge
./setup.sh

Now, you should get this start installing window and finally installation will finish without any problem.

Problem 2: If you get “exec: 50: ./googleearth-bin: not found” when trying to start Google Earth 6, you can first install lsb-core by command below:

sudo apt-get install lsb-core

In addition, “as a temporary fix for the crashing part, you need to disable the “start-up tips” that appear just after the splash screen. For some reason that’s what’s causing the crash. I just have my mouse at the ready to click on “Close” when the start-up tips menu appears. This will keep the program from crashing. From there you can go into options, then under “General” unclick “show start-up tips”.” — written by baillou2

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