The GoogleEarth upgrade is really worth it

Recently, while using one of my very favorite applications, GoogleEarth, a notice came up to upgrade to the new version. The notice provided a link to a shell script that updated GoogleEarth flawlessly (on my SuSE 64-bit linux system) and kept all of my data, such as favorite places. So now I am using:

Google Earth : 4.0.2735
Build Date : Jan 30 2007
Build Time: 14:31:57
Renderer: OpenGL
Operating System: Linux (
Video Driver: NVIDIA Corporation
Max Texture Size: 4096×4096

It fixed two annoying little bugs in the program. One that was especially annoying was the way that the Panoramio photo markers would overlap, and you couldn’t get at the one that was underneath the other. Now, when you hover the mouse over two close by panoramio markers, they slide out, connected to their points with lines, but now you can click on whichever one you are interested in. This happens in some really popular areas, for example around the K’aaba in Mecca. Here’s another place where that feature works to separate out two overlapping photo markers:

Now, there seems to be a myth out there that Linux doesn’t work with proprietary software. This post gives a concrete example of that, with the screen shot above.

Note that all those folks who repeat, ad nauseum, this stupid meme that ‘Linux’ or the ‘GPL’ does not allow proprietary software to be shipped with or interact with it, are just simply wrong. It is notable how few of them ever use linux, anyway.

Some of them think, for example, that KDE and Gnome are distributions!

No, I really didn’t make that up, here’s* Noel Le’s post from IPCentral, repeating what Tony Healy says without checking:

01. 2.2007 (previous | next)
FOSS, Look Closer to Home
Thanks to Tony Healy, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Innovation, for sending:

Two reports and an Eric Raymond paper highlight the problem of the volunteerism that’s supposed to drive open source.Apparently two of the Linux distributions, KDE and Gnome, haven’t had major updates since 2002, principally because of a lack of developers. Obviously this is not conducive to the plan to win the desktop from Windows.

Meanwhile ZD Net reports that Debian developers have rebelled after two release managers started receiving payment, while the rest were expected to continue working for free. This is both good and bad. It’s bad that talented developers have been exploited, but it’s good that they’ve started to question current arrangements in open source.

* (I generally will not post or link to IPCentral, because they have some kind of post-suppression feature which apparently is content based to some degree. For example, anything mentioning won’t post, but I am making an exception because it illustrates how much some of those who allege to be ‘following’ FOSS don’t know about it. Also, I would make a suggestion: those who allege to follow FOSS start using it, to get some minimal knowledge of what they are talking about, before they insert both of their feet into their mouth, deeply):

The GoogleEarth upgrade is really worth it

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