It seems that the 'Globe' plugin is missing in QGIS 2.17.0 master. Is this a bug or is there something I'm doing wrong:
This is a Ubuntu issue. Globe is included in OSGeo4W but on Ubuntu qgis-plugin-globe is stuck to 2.14 even though the rest of QGIS 2.16 installed just fine:
I got the following explanation on the QGIS mailing list by Jürgen:
Globe is only include where osgearth 2.7 is available (ie. debian unstable has it, ubuntugis xenial has it IIRC).
For 2.14 it's inverse, there globe is only available where osgearth<2.7 is available.
There are two flavours of QGIS for Ubuntu:
It seems that only the second has the globe plugin (see http://qgis.org/ubuntugis-nightly-release/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages), while Debian does not (see http://qgis.org/debian-nightly-release/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages).
I have only checked Xenial releases for QGIS 2.16 and nightly, maybe trusty or older have a different packaging.