Install the latest version of Google Earth for linux direct from Google sources.
Open a terminal window to perform the installation (
Ctrl-Alt-T) then enter the following at the prompt:
:::bash wget http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb
You will see a progress bar as the download completes. This is a perfect time for a cup of tea.
For 64bit architecture use:
::bash wget http://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/current/google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
And change the filename in the subsequent commands.
Next install the downloaded
:::bash sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb
If you get errors with this command due to missing dependencies you can 'force' install of Google Earth and missing dependencies with
sudo apt-get install -f
You should now have a fully functional Google Earth!