The subject line has it all: has anyone ever asked google for permissions to redistribute google earth in the non-oss repo?
The question was asked in a comment on my blog about building a Google Earth rpm: http://lizards.opensuse.org/2010/03/09/build-your-own-google-earth-rpm
Is there someone within openSuSE / Novell with contact with Google, who could asked that question to Google?
Google used to have their own repository before, see the http://en.opensuse.org/Google_Earth/rpm#External_links, items 'suse102 repository' and 'YAST repository setup for Google Earth'
Don't understand why Google does not use their own OBS to deliver software for Linux ;)