I am new here and am new to Linux. I am trying to evaluate Linux as an alternative to Windows for my personal and business use. I have tried to install Google Earth but have run into the same problem mentioned above about a "canberra" library load failure. I have tried to search for a copy of this library, but the only references to it tell me I am forbidden to access it. I am not a technical user and almost everything I read gives the impression that I must invest a vast amount of time and energy into learning technical terms and develop an in depth knowledge of the O/S to be able to use it. When I chose Mandriva, I was told it was a "plug and play" viable alternative to Windows. Admittedly the install and general usage are very beautiful to watch, but it seems that if I want to install and experiment with add-on software, like Google Earth or games, I am going to get into a hornets nest and have to suffer high handed comments from people who have been working with this for years. I have joined this forum in hopes that other users may be able to give practical advice, directed at solving the problem and simply making it work.