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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Installing Google Applications in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

Google has released a number of interesting softwares for Linux platform now because all of these softwares are closed sourced :( and better free open source alternatives are available these packages are not installed by default in most of the popular Linux distributions. Also being closed source means they are not available in Official repositories too. In this article we discuss how to install these software inside Ubuntu 8.04.

Note : All the installation instructions below are for 32 bit processor .

Google Picasa 2.7

Google Picasa is one of the more user friendly photo management software available , it is available on both Windows and Linux . It runs on Linux on top of Application Layer called Wine that allows Windows application to run on Linux . However this has some disadvantage firstly some windows application don't work as well as they do on windows , there are occasional application crashes, application freezes , also UI is bit less responsive however applications are still usable .

With version 2.7 Google Picasa brings a number of interesting features not available in many free open source photo management software available on the Linux platform like integration with the Web Album , improved support for importing images from camera etc .

Now to install Google Picasa launch terminal from (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and issue the following command in the terminal window:



sudo dpkg -i picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb
After completing above step you can launch Google picasa from (Applications -> Other -> Picasa )
Google Picasa in Action

Google Earth

Google Earth is probably one of the most popular and controversial Google application providing you with satellite view of the world to install Google Earth on your Ubuntu desktop follow the steps below.

Below we are giving link to 4.3 Beta version of google earth so it might be bit unstable if you want a stable version you can download it from this link :



chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin



After issuing the above command you will find a dialog box like this asking for location where to install Google Earth

After installation is over you can launch Googleearth from (Applications -> Internet -> Google Earth )
Google Earth in Action

Google Desktop

Google Desktop allows one to full text search of a user's e-mail, computer files, music, photos, chat, and Web pages viewed,OpenOffice documents , PDF files and more .Now similar tools already existed on Linux like beagle (supported by Novell ) , meta tracker etc .However Google Desktop search is not based on any of these tools and uses its proprietary algorithms to search for files on the computer. So to install Google Desktop issue the following command in the terminal window:



sudo dpkg -i google-desktop-linux_current_i386.deb
After completing above step you can launch Google Desktop from (Applications -> Google Desktop -> Google Desktop ) initially it will take bit of your computer's idle time resources as it indexes files in your computer and creates database of them. You can change setting of Google Desktop from (Applications -> Google Desktop -> Google Desktop Preferences ).

Now once you launch Google Desktop you will see a Google Desktop icon on the top right corner of the menubar at the top as shown in the screenshot below.

By rightclicking on the icon you can set various preferences , also by double left clicking the icon brings up search box allowing you to search for files among the indexed files.
Google Desktop Search box

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (
For Desktop on Linux Blog ,
(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


Tupactim said...

On the windows version of Google desktop you can have index and search and cool desktop gadget/widgets, why didn't they bring them to Linux? i would prefer Google's gadget/widgets to screenlets as im use to Google desktop, its a real pity, considering how useful there indexing was for me on windows i might use it but i don't see the need as i have tracker (i think thats it name) to search my Ubuntu and that seems to work just fine.

Tim Broder said...

why not just use the Google Linux Repository?

AMBUJ said...

hmm yup you are pretty right Screenlets is bit buggy right now as it is still in development and for linux we have number of free opensource search alternatives like tracker , beagle etc

Bad Wombat said...

Ambuj said...

Google Earth is not available in Google Repositories so i decided against repository based approach but i might update this article later with repository based approach too ........

Thank You

ashenphoenix said...

Google Earth is, however, available in the Medibuntu repositories which are often recommended if you want to install the ability to watch DVDs or play mp3 files.

I'd say a majority of users are likely to have it installed.

Anonymous said...

Hey when I try running Google Earth it says this:
Warning: Unable to create prefs directory '/home/mathieu/.googleearth'. File exists.

then it starts, crashes 1 second later and the terminal says this:

./googleearth-bin: relocation error: /usr/lib32/i686/cmov/ symbol BIO_test_flags, version OPENSSL_0.9.8 not defined in file with link time reference

what do I do?

Jeffry said...

i have some problem laike ashenphoenix...

anyone can help?

thanks in advance

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