Google Earth is an exciting and powerful application that delivers satellite imagery, maps and 3D terrains and buildings to your desktop. However, currently Google Earth is available only for Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Mac OS X (10.3.9 +) platform only, rendering other operating system users, especially Linux and Unix, in the cold.

In you’re using Linux, especially Suse Linux 10.0, Linux-Tip has a tutorial where you can run Google Earth on your system with the help of VMware virtualization software. VWware virtualization applications allows users to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single PC.

To use the tutorial,you need to have Suse Linux 10.0, VMware Workstation, VMware Player and Windows XP Installation CD. General steps are you use Suse Linux 10.00 as your host, and install VMware Workstation and VMware Player to create a virtual machine that will allow you to install Windows XP, thus enabling you to have both Suse Linux and Windows XP at the same hardware. Google Earth can then be installed on Windows XP.

For detailed instruction, visit Linux-Tips (link dead).