Installing Google Earth on Ubuntu 14.04

Since Ubuntu 13.10 Google earth cannot be installed out of the box on Ubuntu 64-bit systems because it  requires the deprecated ia32-libs package. The previous solution I wrote about, for Ubuntu 13.10, did not work this time. I got Google Earth to run, but it crashed all the time.

I then found the googleearth-package which downloads the latest stable Google Earth installer from Google and creates a package for you. You can then install and remove the created package at will.

But the easiest solution, Continue reading “Installing Google Earth on Ubuntu 14.04”


Disabling Ubuntu’s overlay-scrollbars for GRASS (or other applications)

Ubuntu has this new overlay-scrollbars for some time now. They look good I think, but unfortunately, they do not play nicely with GRASS GIS.

So what if you want to keep them for most programs, but disable them from specific applications like GRASS? On AskUbuntu you can find different solutions, check it out.

Update to Ubuntu Preise Pangolin

Just though I share some first impressions about my upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). The upgrade process itself wasn’t the best experience ever unfortunately. After the upgrade, I couldn’t even start up anymore. As it turns out, during the update process my GRUB bootloader got corrupted. After a bit of searching, I found an easy solution: the Boot-Repair disc. Simply download the ISO and burn it on CD (yes, you do need access to another computer). After booting my computer using the CD, Boot-Repair let me fix the issues with a simple click.

Having that out of the way, I could finally have a look at the changes.  Continue reading “Update to Ubuntu Preise Pangolin”

Getting rid of the new Global Menu in Unity

I am getting used to the new Unity interface of Ubuntu 11.04, in fact, I mostly like it. What made me particularly happy is that the whole upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04 turned out to be fast and painless.

But there is one new features of the Unity interface of Ubuntu 11.04 I still cannot get used to; the AppMenu (Global Menu). I can see it making sense on a small notebook screen where every pixel of screen space counts. But on a larger screen with many windows open, it gets easily confusing and you end up having to move around with your mouse much more. Continue reading “Getting rid of the new Global Menu in Unity”