Google Follows Through Follow up

I recently covered the Google release of Picasa for Linux. As I noted then, it was great to see that Google followed though on their promise and release a major app on Linux, but it was a little disappointing to see that the support came via wine as opposed to a native port. I'm not sure if this was in the FAQ before, but if it was I missed it:
Q: Will more Google applications be ported to Linux under Wine?
If Picasa for Linux is successful, then other Google applications (and future versions of Picasa) may also be ported using Wine. (Google Earth won't be one of them, though; it will be a native Linux application.)

There is is, in writing on the Google site. Google Earth will be coming to Linux via a native port. I'd guess it's because Earth is a poor wine candidate, but hopefully the response to that port will be positive enough to justify them doing more native ports. Awesome.
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