Google has released a Linux client for Google Earth, its geographic information system. It combines satellite images from Google Maps, terrain information and a few 3D buildings together with Googles search engine. While normal use is free (and adding a Linux client made it even more accessible), the company never made a secret of the fact that they want to make money out of it, not just by charging for “pro” versions but also generating revenues from location based advertising, the buzzword of mid 2005. Apart from the fact that this cool gadget is now available for Linux, I’m pleased to see that Linux (and other Unix) users now have the critical mass to be an advertisement target (not only for geek stuff). You can download the software here.