Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I have just found Automatix2. It is basically an auto-installer for all those pesky programs that don't come with a simple apt-get install. It has a graphical interface not unlike Synaptic, but needs some terminal work to get it installed.
echo "deb http://www.getautomatix.com/apt feisty main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
Then we need to add the key:
wget http://www.getautomatix.com/keys/automatix2.key
gpg --import automatix2.key
gpg --export --armor E23C5FC3 | sudo apt-key add -
Then all you need to do is update the packages db and install it.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install automatix2
It appears under:
Applications -> System Tools -> Automatix

It helpfully installs things like:
  • Google Earth
  • Skype
  • Picassa
  • RealPlayer
  • Fonts
  • Opera
  • JRE
  • Multimedia codecs
and the latest versions of many others.

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