Adventures in a New Ubuntu 6.10 Clean Install: Day 4

Day 4

How to Install the Most Common Applications in Ubuntu 6.10 in One (or Two) Click(s)!

My next task was to get all multimedia related applications installed and formats to work. Of course this includes MP3 playback, DVD playback, etc. I also wanted to get all my major and favorite applications installed and working correctly.

The Answer (with a capital ‘A’)? Automatix (with a capital ‘A’)!

Automatix2 GUIAutomatix is an awesome and quick way to install the most common applications users use in Ubuntu. The newest Automatix2 has a nice and easy to use user interface. This new version also gives you the ability to uninstall them the same easy way it was to install them! Awesome!

As of this writing, Automatix can install and tweak 56 applications! Here is the list taken from the Automatix website:

  1. Acrobat Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader and plugin for Firefox 1.5)
  2. AMSN 0.95 (MSN client with webcam support)
  3. Amule (Latest version of a P2P file sharing client)
  4. Archiving Tools (Additional archiving tools (rar, unrar, ace, and 7zip))
  5. AUD-DVD codecs (NON-FREE Audio and DVD codecs) (Installation of this option is illegal in the United States of America)
  6. Avidemux (Video Editing Tool)
  7. Azureus (Installs Azureus bittorrent client)
  8. Backup and Restore (A graphical backup and restore solution for Ubuntu (GNOME))
  9. Beagle (A Mono-based search program)
  10. Bittornado (Bittorent Client)
  11. Boot-up Manager (Easy configuration of startup and shutdown scripts and services)
  12. Checkgmail (A nifty gmail checker)
  13. Ctrl-Alt-Del (This configures Ctrl-Alt-Del to Open Gnome System Monitor (GNOME ONLY))
  14. DCPP (Linux DC++ client)
  15. Debian Menu (Shows all installed applications on your system)
  16. Democracy Player (Internet TV platform)
  17. DVD Ripper (DVD ripper)
  18. Extra Fonts (Additional fonts and msttcorefonts)
  19. Flashplayer (Adobe Flash Player for FF)
  20. Frostwire (P2P file sharing client (GPL clone of Limewire))
  21. Gdesklets (eyecandy for Gnome)
  22. Gaim 2.0 beta3 (The latest version of a popular IM client compatible with YIM/MSN/AIM/Jabber etc)
  23. GFTP (FTP client for GNOME with ssh capability)
  24. Gizmo Project (VoIP phone)
  25. Gnomebaker (The best GTK2 CD/DVD burning software)
  26. GnomePPP (Graphical dialup connection tool (GNOME ONLY))
  27. GnuCash (Money management software for GNOME)
  28. Google Earth (Satellite Earth imagery application from Google)
  29. Google Picasa (Photo editing application from Google)
  30. iLinux (iLife Alternative (Banshee, F-Spot, Kino))
  31. Liferea (A RSS reader for GNOME)
  32. Listen Media Manager (Latest version of a new media manager and player for GNOME)
  33. Media Players (Totem-xine, VLC and Beep Media Player (with docklet))
  34. MPlayer & FF plugin (MPlayer and Firefox 1.5 plugin)
  35. Multimedia Codecs (Commonly needed audio and video codecs)
  36. Multimedia Editing (Audio (Audacity) Video (Kino) and ID3 Tag (Easytag) editors)
  37. Nautilus Scripts (Open Nautilus, and any file with gedit with a right click, as root (GNOME ONLY))
  38. NDISWrapper (A driver wrapper that allows you to use Windows driver for network cards)
  39. Network Manager (A program and menu applet that allows you to easily change networks)
  40. NVIDIA Driver (Installs NVIDIA drivers on select NVIDIA cards)
  41. Opera Browser (Opera Web Browser)
  42. OpenOffice Clipart (clipart in OpenOffice)
  43. Programming Tools (Anjuta (C/C++ IDE), Bluefish (HTML editor), Screem (web development), NVU (HTML editor)
  44. RealPlayer (RealPlayer)
  45. Rhythmbox (Latest version of Rhythmbox)
  46. Ripper and Tuner (Streamripper (rips Internet radio streams) and Streamtuner (Internet radio client))
  47. Security Suite (ClamAV AntiVirus and Firestarter Firewall)
  48. Skype (A free (as in free beer) Voice Over IP software)
  49. Slab (Novell’s “Slab” menu used in SLED 10)
  50. SUN JAVA 1.5 JRE (Sun’s version 1.5 JRE & The Firefox plugin)
  51. SUN JAVA 1.5 JDK (Sun’s version 1.5 JDK (Most users DON’T need this))
  52. Swiftfox Browser (optimized Firefox browser for your specific CPU)
  53. Swiftfox Plugins (Java, Flash, Acrobat, Mplayer, MS fonts)
  54. Thunderbird 1.5 (Email client)
  55. Wine (Installs Wine)
  56. XChat (a popular IRC client)

And that’s just the list for Ubuntu. There are some minor differences in Kubuntu and other flavours. You can view them all here.

To install Automatix in Ubuntu, follow the quick and easy steps outlined on the website here. Once installed, run it from System Tools > Automatix. From there, you can install whichever applications you want.

I realized that after using Automatix to install most of my favorite applications that it saved me a lot of days of work if I were to do it manually.

Now I can concentrate on my customizations and other applications that I’ve discovered along the way that I absolutely love.

Stay tuned to find out more about these personal favorites!

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6 responses to “Adventures in a New Ubuntu 6.10 Clean Install: Day 4”

  1. tabrez says :

    It’s not recommended by the Ubuntu developers to install applications like EasyUbuntu or Automatix. They break the Ubuntu package manager and no support is available for the problems encountered by the user because of Automatix software.

    For more discussion on the topic, search the Sounder mailing list archives.

  2. Olde says :

    Anyone who uses Automatix or EasyLinux deserves the broken system they get. Most of the time it’s NOOBS from the M$ crowd trying to bypass any learning of Linux. Most of them just want all the eye candy and a quick fix that does not always work.

  3. d@ says :

    Hey Olde. I’ve been using Linux since Kernel 0.99 (12 years.) I don’t want to diddle with installs any more, I just want it to work so I use Automatix. Don’t be so full of yourself.

    d@

  4. luke says :

    Ifi it works I don’t see what the problem is

  5. xizdaqrian says :

    I don’t see how AutomatiX and EasyUbuntu break the package manager. I haven’t had the first problem.

    As for Olde’s comment, that’s a little silly. Being a FLOSS purist, that simply doesn’t make for a working desktop. Almost every website has content on it that needs a restricted plugin. The native FLOSS fonts suck, and I have MP3’s I want to play. It doesn’t change anything that I like OGG better, MP3 is the format of choice worldwide. Flash, RealAudio, et. al. are going to stay. Deal with it.

    Maybe someday, Linux will have FLOSS alternatives to proprietary codecs, but until that happens, I’m going to use them to power my desktop.

    Regards all,
    Xiz

  6. Kevin Guertin says :

    I hear a few people here and there complain about Automatix and that it breaks their system, but I have yet to have that problem on the many installations I’ve done on different computers. These reported “problems” are never proven… It seems like everyone’s heard that it can cause problems, but no has ever encountered these problems.

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