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How can you get google sketchup to work on ubuntu?

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Google Sketchup is not available natively for Ubuntu, you will have to run it using Wine. The following links may help you to get things going;

http://wiki.winehq.org/GoogleSketchup

http://ubuntuguide.net/install-google-sketchup-cad-style-app-in-ubuntu-using-wine

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Another option to run Sketchup without wine is setting up a Virtual Machine and installing Sketchup on it. Still you might (and probably will) need the registry change that cscarney proposed.

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http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/06/install-google-sketchup-ubuntu1404/

this is detailed instructions for 2014 sketchup, also has detailed instructions resolving hangups and video problems.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Mitch
    Aug 17 '14 at 7:05
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This worked for me:

First install WINE with sudo apt-get install wine

Next, download the SketchUp installer from Google and save it to disk. Open a terminal and run wine /path/to/installer.exe Finish the installer process.

Try running SketchUp (It's on the Applications menu under Wine/Applications). If you get a "Couldn't Intitialize OpenGL" error, run wine regedit.exe and set HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\SketchUp6\GLConfig\Display\HW_OK to 1.

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