Fix Busted Google Earth in Ubuntu 11.04

Apparently this bug doesn’t get everybody, but it smacked me right across the chops.

[crayon lang=”default”]

Google Earth has caught signal 11.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Google Earth has crashed.
This is a bug in the program, and should never happen under normal
circumstances. A bug report and debugging data have been written
to this text file:

.googleearth/crashlogs/crashlog-4e04e689.txt
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Well, damn. Not what I was looking for Google. The <em>stacktrace from glibc</em> in the crash log didn't help a whole lot either.

Turns out it's a pretty easy fix. Apparently the startup tips inexplicably embeds a media player like flash or totem, and if the version isn't just right google-earth will collapse in a big ball of suck. Some folks seem to have varying luck with removing/changing flash or mozilla-totem and whatnot, but the easiest thing to do is just to disable the tool tips.

Head into ~/.config/Google. Open up GoogleEarthPlus.conf in your favorite text editor, find the line:

[crayon lang="default"]
enableTips=true

and change it to:

[crayon lang=”default”]
enableTips=false

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Root owned my Google folder for some reason (might have tried running it as root after one of my curse-riddled reinstalls). If so, just chown that sucker first:

[crayon lang="default"]
sudo chown -R yourusername ~/.config/Google