While working with Ubuntu Linux in an emulator (http://www.ubuntu.com), I felt an urge to install Google Earth and Flash Player 9 on it. But when I used to have an Ubuntu PC, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to install. After perusing through some readme's, I finally discovered it.
If you download Google Earth for Linux, you'll see it's in a .bin file. To install the .bin file, I go into the terminal and type
and just wait for the process to work its magic. In case you don't know many UN*X commands, cd means change directory, or folder, and sh executes a script.
Now, for Flash player, it's a little different. After downloading and extracting the .tar.gz file,
and just answer the questions. This is what happens with most .tar.gz files.
Although I thought installing Linux software would be hard to do, today I learned otherwise, and (hopefully), so did you!
I have moved my blog to Wordpress at theunixgeek.wordpress.com. I will still be checking back periodically on this one as well, though. 19 April 2009