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When I'm installing Google Earth in linux, it sent me a message saying,

"Could not open the file /home/adude/Desktop/GoogleEarthLinux.bin using the Unicode (UTF-8) character coding."

The in smaller words,

"please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a different character coding from the menu and try again."

So, I'm really new using Linux, Ubuntu.
This message appear each time I want to install any other program.
What can I do?
t.y.

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That bin file is what you want.

Open a terminal, go to your desktop and type

chmod 775 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
./GoogleEarthLinux.bin

And you should be fine. chmod sets permissions for you to access the binary file.

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Although seeing that it's on your desktop, you'll have to run this first before you run the commands 'linux' gave:

cd Desktop
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Thanks for pointing that out. I'm surprised Ubuntu doesn't have Google Earth in its repos by now.

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>I'm surprised Ubuntu doesn't have Google Earth in its repos by now.

Google Earth isn't Free Software, nor is it allowed to be redistributed by third parties.

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>But couldn't Ubuntu get a license to redistribute the free version?

The way Google wrote the license agreement for Google Earth might just be a hint that they don't want third parties like Ubuntu redistributing their software. :icon_rolleyes:

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Heh, okay. That blows for us. Oh wait. Just download it and install it that way. An extra 5 minutes out of my way. Hah.

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