Google Earth 6.2 was released last week with improved imagery, Google+ integration and improvements to search.
Sadly one thing wasn’t fixed: the infamous ‘font issue‘ in Linux.
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Ugly Font Fix
Google provide 32bit and 64bit .Deb installers for Ubuntu users. Whilst Google Earth 6.2 works well under Ubuntu the same can’t be said for how it looks out-of-the-box: -
Thankfully fixing the stretched out typography is quite simple. All it requires is the installation of two additional packages: -
- lsb-core – ‘…a standard core system that third-party applications written for Linux can depend upon.’
- ttf-mstcorefonts-installer - The ubiquitous set of fonts (Arial, Verdana, etc) owned by Microsoft
Once installed, open up Google Earth 6.2 and you’ll be presented with an interface that is legible, though not perfect.
Want to go further? Read our guide on ‘How to Make Google Earth Look Native in Ubuntu‘