Firstly, install the prerequisites for the Google Earth installation.
jason$ sudo apt-get install lsb-core
Then we need to download the Debian apt package of Google Earth.
jason$ wget -O google-earth64.deb http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb --2016-10-19 16:05:07-- http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb Resolving dl.google.com (dl.google.com)... 22.214.171.124, 2404:6800:4006:802::200e Connecting to dl.google.com (dl.google.com)|126.96.36.199|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 45674860 (44M) [application/x-debian-package] Saving to: 'google-earth64.deb’ google-earth64.deb 100%[=======================================================>] 43.56M 746KB/s in 50s 2016-10-19 16:05:58 (889 KB/s) - 'google-earth64.deb’ saved [45674860/45674860]
Then install the downloaded Debian apt package with the dpkg command.
jason$ sudo dpkg -i google-earth64.deb [sudo] password for jason: (Reading database ... 396202 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack google-earth64.deb ... Unpacking google-earth-stable (188.8.131.5206-r0) over (184.108.40.20606-r0) ... Setting up google-earth-stable (220.127.116.1106-r0) ... Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for menu (2.1.47ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
And we have Google Earth on our machine!
That is how easy this is! And Google Earth runs very fast on an Ubuntu system with Nvdia drivers.