How to install Google Earth on Ubuntu/Linux?

I am sure Google Earth will be among the first few things you will want to install on your Ubuntu machine. The installer which you get online is not a regular installer which Ubuntu default installation will be happy with. You can’t just double-click to install it.
That’s why I thought of providing the steps to install Google Earth on your Ubuntu or any other linux machine for that matter. Steps are as follows:

  1. Download Google Earth to your desktop.
  2. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal.
  3. Type in cd ~/Desktop
  4. Type in sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin
  5. Follow the on screen prompts to complete the installation.
  6. You will see Google Earth icon on your desktop after the installation is complete.
  7. At the same time it will also give you an option to launch it for the first time after the installation is complete.
  8. Google Earth should have been installed in the default location “/usr/local/Google/Google-earth“.
  9. That’s it. Enjoy the cool Google Earth features.

TIP: By the way, you might have already guessed the trick. To install any software on Ubuntu with a *.bin extension you can do the same to install it. Just browse to the directory, at the terminal type sh *.bin. Your software should be installed properly.

Keep reading Technomania for more tips and tricks on Ubuntu, Linux and Open source community updates. You can subscribe to the feed or receive email as and when I update anything on this blog.
Cheers…
Anurag Bansal

Ubuntu 8.04 is released now

As I mentioned in my yesterday’s post, the Hardy Heron is finally released today. The Desktop Edition of Ubuntu 8.04 is a LTS (Long Term Support) and will be supported till 2011, while the server edition is supported till 2013.
Go and download Ubuntu 8.04 known as Hardy Heron.
Download/upgrade options:
Direct Download: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
Torrent Options: http://releases.ubuntu.com/hardy/
Upgrade Option: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading
Enjoy the latest Ubuntu Linux release 8.04. I am sure you will never wanna go back.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

25 Reasons to use Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows

Lots of people argue why I should use Linux (any distro, I prefer Ubuntu) when I am currently using Windows or Mac. Given a chance to select your choice of operating system (OS), people may prefer to use Linux than anything else. The other thing which prevents users using Linux is the hardware support which is not that good currently for Linux. But that is because we have been living in a world where Windows is being forced to everyone when they buy PC. That’s why hardware manufacturers are also forced to support Windows first than any other thing. But this support has increased tremendously over last couple of years. At the same time Linux community has developed itself in making Linux (Ubuntu in particular) more user friendly.
Anyways that is an ongoing debate whether you should use Linux or Windows or Mac. And at some point it is a personal choice as well.
I thought of collating some reasons which might make you think twice while buying another Windows PC. And if you currently use Linux, then please add a comment to this post, why you use Linux and which distro you use so that others can get more information about it:

  1. Ubuntu is Free and so any other Linux distro. (Saved ~ $250)
  2. You don’t have to buy Office (Word, Power-point, Excel etc.) separately. It comes with OpenOffice preinstalled. (Saved ~ $200)
  3. You don’t have to buy costly hardwares for the basic need. (RAM. Processor, HDD etc.)
  4. Ubuntu is more stable.
  5. You are free from Viruses so you don’t have to buy another upgrade of Norton or any other Antivirus software. (Saved ~ $75)
  6. When you have installed Ubuntu, you don’t have to install anything else to get you started with your productivity.
  7. You don’t have to wait for years for the bugs to get fixed. You can track them down in Ubuntu.
  8. You can update everything on your system with just one update manager. No need to run separate Update manger for all the softwares you installed. (Saves your system resources.)
  9. Don’t get tired restarting your computer all the time. You do it almost never with Ubuntu.
  10. You are free from Pirated softwares. With Ubuntu you can share it with as many people as you want and it is LEGAL.
  11. Don’t have to bother searching the web for new softwares. Ubuntu gets a whole lot of software free of cost to you.
  12. Play hundreds of games for Free.
  13. Your PC won’t get slower day by day. It happens in Windows only.
  14. Use MSN, AIM, ICQ, Jabber, Gtalk, Yahoo and many more with a single program. No need to install separate software for the same thing.
  15. Tired of managing multiple windows on your screen. You can use workspaces to manage your work.
  16. You old computer will get a second life. Because Ubuntu does not need those high resources as Windows.
  17. Jump into the next generation of desktop themes with Compiz fusion and all with lot less resources than Windows Vista.
  18. With Ubuntu, you are always free. Free as in Freedom and in Free Beer. Ubuntu is free and will always remain free. (Saves ~ $200 every 2 years when Microsoft releases a new version of its operating system and you have to buy it.
  19. All future upgrades of Ubuntu are provided free of cost. Upgrades are released every 6 months.
  20. Upgrades are installed automatically. You don’t have to bother about losing your data and redoing lots of personalization. *Edit* The updates are installed with your permission and only if you want them…not in the background without you knowing it. – Thanks freeber – A Ubuntu User
  21. You can tweak your desktop wallpaper or any other setting the way you want it. You can make it look like Windows or Mac (if you want.). You can even get the sidebar you were fascinated in Vista.
  22. You don’t have to defrag your hard disk every now and then to boost the performance. Ubuntu does it for you automatically.
  23. You don’t have to go to a shop to buy operating system. You can download it anytime you want it and burn it on a CD. You can even burn it on a re-writable CD to save some CDs.
  24. Thousand of user are there to help you with when you are stuck. Become a part of Ubuntuforums.
  25. You will get free and Long Term Support (LTS) for Ubuntu. Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop version also will get a LTS. (17 days to go for the release version.)

I think these many reason are enough to get you started with Ubuntu or any other Linux flavor. Keep visiting this blog for more information on Linux, Ubuntu in particular.  If you want to try it now you can download Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron (Beta) now and later it will be updated to the released version.

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Technomania gets a new direction

I know I haven’t posted anything on this blog for a little over 2 months now.  But now I have got altogether a new direction for this blog.  What is that….???  Guess…!!!

In this era when there is increasing open source awareness and the support from all the talented people out there supporting so many open source forums and communities, I thought it will be a good idea to give this blog a new direction.  Going forward, this blog is converting into Ubuntu only blog or any information related to Linux or any Open Source application or resource.  I will keep posting on this blog the tutorials, suggestions or any resource list for any of these subjects will be part of this blog.

Reason for doing so, you can obviously guess is because recently I somehow got involved with Ubuntu.  I installed Ubuntu on couple of computers for my friends and including mine.  And I very proudly say that I loved it.  That’s why I thought of helping this community by providing some resources or share my knowledge with them with this beautiful medium.

So stay tuned…You will enjoy it, specially if you enjoy Open Source applications.