Latest: Mint 18.3/Google appears to have sorted the problems.
However there is still an issue with some video drivers.
Now that Mint 18 has been released, the first thing I noticed was that Google Earth is not available in the repositories and requires a manual download and install.
Before doing that, make sure Mint updates have been applied as the LSB libraries are missing from the installation disk, but are now available as an update.
First open a terminal and enter the following –
sudo apt-get install lsb-core -y -f
Then download Google Earth.
Finally, in Terminal, run –
sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb
The problem with the photographs not displaying still exists, so I have created a small script.
Please note – run the script at your own risk. It does however run perfectly on my setup.
Open a terminal in the folder where you have saved the download –
chmod +x GEImages.sh
Once it has finished, run Google Earth and enjoy!