I recently installed Linux Mint 16 [Petra] RC [64 bit Cinnamon edition] and came across a problem. This may have been due to the release not being complete, but a search showed that this is quite a common problem.
[Note: since I wrote this piece the final version of Cinnamon was released and it was fixed]
When I tried to install Google Earth I was informed that a dependency – ia32.libs wasn't met, and the installation failed.
Naturally I tried installing the missing library, but apparently it has been depreciated.
Time for a workaround.
I first ensured that
libc6:i386 lsb-core were both installed.
Next I downloaded the latest package from Google -
google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb into my Download folder. I created a sub-folder "GoogleEarth" and using Archive Manager I extracted the contents of the DEB file into GoogleEarth.
I then opened the file GoogleEarth/DEBIAN/control in a text editor and removed the following line
Depends: lsb-core (>= 3.2), ia32-libs [Line 7]
I then created a new package using the command dpkg -b GoogleEarth/ [from within my Download folder].
It took a while, but that created a new file in Downloads called GoogleEarth.deb.
Install that using GDebi Package Installer, and away she goes!