Install Google applications on Fedora 12

In this tutorial we will show you how to install some google applications on Fedora 12 :   PIcassa , Google Chrome ; Goolge  Earth, Google  gadgets, Google Desktop

1- Google Chrome

If you are interested in using Google’s Chrome Browser, there is an “unstable” 64-bit version available that you can install using yum:

~> sudo yum install google-chrome-unstable

Once finished, source your ~/.bashrc file:

~> source ~/.bashrc

and google-chrome is ready to be launched:

~> google-chrome &

Alternatively, click on Applications -> Internet -> Google Chrome to start the application.

2-  Google Desktop

As mentioned by Google,

“Google Desktop is a desktop search application that gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. Desktop makes searching your own email, files, music, photos, and more as easy as searching the web with Google.”

Assuming you have the google repository setup (see my Repositories page), you can install Google Desktop using yum:

~> sudo yum install google-desktop-linux

Once finished, source your ~/.bashrc file:

~> source ~/.bashrc

and gdlinux is ready to be launched:

~> gdlinux &

Alternatively, click on Applications -> Google Desktop -> Google Desktop to start the application.

3- Google Earth


Install ttf-bitstream-vera Fonts

Before Google Earth can be launched, the ttf-bitstream-vera fonts need to be installed. They can be installed via yum:

~> sudo yum install  bitstream-vera-fonts-common bitstream-vera-sans-fonts bitstream-vera-sans-mono-fonts bitstream-vera-serif-fonts

Press ‘y’ when prompted to install the programs and any additional dependencies.

Install Google Earth

The binary file for Google Earth can be downloaded from:

Click on the Agree and Download button to download the file. Once downloaded, change the permissions of the file:

~> chmod ugo+x ~/Download/GoogleEarthLinux.bin

Then execute the file using sudo:

~> sudo ~/Download/GoogleEarthLinux.bin

When the install GUI starts up, choose /usr/local/src/google-earth for the Install path and /usr/local/bin for the Binary path. When finished, change the security context of the libraries:

~> sudo chcon -t textrel_shlib_t /usr/local/src/google-earth/lib*.so

Next, we need to install some 32-bit libraries, since there is not a 64-bit version of Google Earth available yet. Start with installing the 32-bit NVIDIA library:

~> sudo yum install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686 --enablerepo=rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing 

Then install the remaining 32-bit libraries:

~> sudo yum install glibc.i686 libxml2.i686 freetype.i686 libXrender.i686 libXrandr.i686 mesa-libGL.i686 libcanberra-gtk2.i686 nss-mdns.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 

To launch Google Earth, type:

~> googleearth &

Alternatively, click on Applications -> Internet -> Google Earth to start the application.

4- Google Gadgets

If you are interested in using some of Google’s Gadgets, you can install them using yum:

~> sudo yum install google-gadgets google-gadgets-gtk google-gadgets-qt

Once finished, source your ~/.bashrc file:

~> source ~/.bashrc

and ggl-qt is ready to be launched:

~> ggl-qt &

Alternatively, you can use ggl-gtk.

5-  Google Picasa

As mentioned by Google,

“Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your computer. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.”

The newest version of Picasa is in a testing repository. Although there is no 64-bit version, the 32-bit version of Picasa 3 will work with the proper libraries installed. To set it up, open the /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo file and add the following:

name=Google Testing - i386

Save and exit. Now install Picasa using yum:

~> sudo yum install picasa

Once finished, source your ~/.bashrc file:

~> source ~/.bashrc

and picasa is ready to be launched:

~> picasa &