If you use a recent Nvidia driver on Linux you can see the planet are only show as a white sphere.
This problem is because of an incompatible change in the driver.
To get a working environment for the Virtual Planet Atlas process as follow:
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20.run --no-glvnd-glx-client
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-375.20.run --uninstall
After that you can reinstall the proprietary driver from your distribution.
See also : https://www.ap-i.net/mantis/view.php?id=1575