Note: You can instead simply use my.SketchUp, which is a cloud/web browser based SketchUp without the procedure below.
You will possibly get error
SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGL
when trying to use SketchUp 8 under WINE on Linux.
To fix this OpenGL error for SketchUp8 on MS Windows or Linux with WINE, type
and then edit the key:
to have a value of 1.