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    Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    Version 5 of Google Earth was giving me some problems (double-clicking My Places wouldn't work, etc) so I downloaded and installed Version 6.

    Most of my problems are now solved, but there's the reappearance of another that seems to be annoying the **** off Linux users all over the web - the terrible fonts GE uses on Linux. From what I can gather it comes down to the QT4 libraries - GE uses its own instead of the system ones. Somebody's even gone to all this trouble:

    http://www.techytalk.info/2009/08/ba...gly-fonts-fix/

    But it doesn't work on GE6. Does anybody know anything more about how to fix this minor but annoying problem that Google doesn't seem to want to do anything about?

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    Re: Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    http://www.google.com/support/forum/...8bc427dd&hl=en

    try that part with hiding GE versions of QT libs and setting paths to system versions in qt.conf
    if you have 64bit system you need to use getlibs on googleearth-bin to install 32bit dependencies (or install all 32bit libs manually)
    on my 64bit box i get to see nice fonts but in a second it crashes with meaningless message and some stacktrace in logs, maybe you'll be more lucky.
    Googlor people are one of the brightest in the industry but GUI of GE is nothing to write home about - unbelievable.
    Last edited by Vaphell; April 15th, 2011 at 12:34 PM.

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    Re: Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    G'day Vaphell,

    I got as far as trying that myself, and upon restarting GE I had the joy of about two seconds of a nice-looking GUI before GE crashed and disappeared. I guess if I were smarter I'd know where to look in log files for more information, but I'm always barely flying by the seat of my pants when it comes to computers.

    Cheers,
    Warren.

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    Re: Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    I tried deleting Google Earth's packaged QT libraries, and had the same thing happen to me. About 1 second of fitting in, then a seg fault. Run google-earth in a terminal to catch the backtrace.
    "Microsoft Windows: A collection of 32bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16bit patch to an 8bit O.S. originally coded for a 4bit microprocessor written by a 2bit company who cant stand 1 bit of competition." Jargon File 4.4.7

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    Re: Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    internet says that no fix for this problem exists yet :/ maybe before it crashes i'll take a screenshot to look at from time to time weeping.

    Google really should set up proper repos for their linux programs like God commanded.

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    Angry Re: Google Earth 6 - those terrible fonts!

    Marko over at techytalk.info responded to my comment and had a good bash at making things work, but failed. Scroll down to see the new comments:

    http://www.techytalk.info/2009/08/ba...gly-fonts-fix/

    It looks like the Google Monster doesn't really care about us.

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