Last week Google released their really great photo tool Picasa for Linux. They did this by making refinements to the open source Windows API software called WINE. A recent story in the WINE newsletter about the port mentions that Google is doing the same thing for Google Earth. Google Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona has revealed that Google Earth will be the next application ported according to a LinuxToday story.
For those of you who think Google should port Google Earth natively, the Google Operating System blog has this to say:
Many Linux users think Google should build native versions for their software, instead of using Wine, but if Wine becomes powerful enough to run (almost) any Windows software everyone will gain: more people will adopt Linux because they can use their favorite applications and companies will have a wider audience for their software.