Good News! Google Earth Adds New Icon And Receives Fixes For Several Linux Bugs

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Google Earth just released an update for the Desktop app titled version 7.1.7.2600 – and although this latest version comes filled with many bug fixes it doesn’t contain any new features.

Bug-fix releases aren’t usually celebrated because they are usually just subtle background changes – but that is not the case with Google Earth. With this desktop mapping application, every bug fix update is a milestone because it reminds us that the rarely updated app is very much alive.

So What’s New?

Google Earth for Desktop 7.1.7.2600 features some bug fixes and a couple of superficial tweaks.

There are two features in this new version which are not mentioned in the release notes but will be of interest to Linux users.

The first one is: ‘Panoramio‘ photos now show on Linux without the need of manual hacks. Sure, you’ll still need to manually toggle this layer on but you should see photos this time around instead of white spaces.

The second one is: you can now log in to the app using OAuth2.

Other changes in this release include:

  • New ‘Google’ logo
  • Menu items for Google Maps Engine, Google Earth Community removed
  • Fix for crash when rearranging items in My Places
  • Removed registration dialog for Google Earth Pro
  • Fixes for Font dialog and other crashes on Linux
  • Fix for cache data inconsistency between 32 and 64-bit builds on Linux
  • Fix for RPM installer problems with permissions
  • Updated driver support for 3Dconnexion controller devices on macOS and Linux

You are always at liberty to download the 32 or 64-bit Ubuntu installer from the Google Earth for Desktop website.

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