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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Google has released a version of Google Earth for Linux, at last. The Beta Version 4 has been tested on numerous versions of Linux, including Ubuntu, Suse, Linspire and Red Hat, and is a significant improvement to running Google Earth under Wine.
While the product has run to some extent under the Linux Windows emulator, Wine, for some time, many features did not work. Users complained about strange font spacing, and the "fly to" feature was unusable. With the new native port, Linux fans will be happy to know, Google Earth's features – and fonts – all are available for cruising the globe and finding those interesting, elusive global gems.
It also no longer needs a fast 3D card.