Google Earth is a great software to explore your home planet and your neighborhood. But if you have an nVidia video card in Ubuntu you may experience some... rather strange results!
To solve this problem all you have to do is update to the latest nVidia drivers. But if you're lazy like me you're probably asking "Isn't there an easier way?".
Well, the answer is both yes and no. You do have to update the nVidia drivers, but Alberto Milone has a great script called Envy that does all the hard work for you.
Just follow the instructions on the website and in 5 minutes you should have Google Earth running without a scratch!