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Install Ubuntu Applications Easily with Automatix

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There is no easier way to get your Ubuntu installation up and running with the tools you need than Automatix. I’m not entirely certain why this hasn’t been integrated into the core of the system yet, because it’s about as easy as it gets.

Installing Automatix is easy, too. Just head over to the Automatix website and follow the easy install instructions there.

Update: There’s a new version of Automatix out now, and the install instructions are really very simple. Just head on over to Automatix and check them out.

Automatix is now installed. You can access it by going to your System Tools menu and opening it like any other utility:

You will be presented with a window that looks similar to this:

All you need to do at this point is select one of the options to install, and hit the OK button! You will be prompted for your password once or twice during the installation process, but otherwise it works magically. 

A few of the key applications that Automatix can install:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Audio / Video utilities ( Lots of multimedia stuff )
  • BitTorrent clients
  • Gaim 2.0
  • Google Earth
  • Google Picasa
  • Skype
  • Opera
  • Sun Java
  • Thunderbird
  • XChat

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  • Published 09/14/06

Comments (5)

  1. mysticgeek

    I was not able to get the above instructions to work with 6.10; I did find the Easy Direct Installation at this link:

  2. xxxx

    xxxx@ubuntu-desktop:~$ wget–09:08:10–
    => `automatix-installer’
    Connecting to||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    09:08:11 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    xxxx@ubuntu-desktop:~$ chmod 755 ~/automatix-installer
    chmod: cannot access `/home/gab/automatix-installer’: No such file or directory
    xxxx@ubuntu-desktop:~$ ./automatix-installe

    i guess it didnt work

  3. The Geek

    You should check out the new install method at the automatix website:

  4. Rhadamanthus

    Automatix must have been bought by someone called Pioneer Technologies. When you go to that “get automatix” URL you get re-directed to a site that wants you to download their OS in order to get the “improved” Automatix.

  5. Shankar

    You can also use Keryx to install Ubuntu Applications Easily!!!

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