The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn - Page 6

9 Install Automatix

Automatix2 comes with a graphical interface, but in order to install Automatix2 there are a few steps we have to do on the command line. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal to open a command line window.

In the command line window, type in the following commands to install Automatix:

echo "deb feisty main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

You might have to provide your password. Afterwards, run


gpg --import automatix2.key

gpg --export --armor E23C5FC3 | sudo apt-key add -

and update the packages database:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install Automatix:

sudo apt-get install automatix2

Then close the command line window. After Automatix has been installed, you can find it under Applications -> System Tools -> Automatix:


10 Install Further Packages With Automatix

Now start Automatix. You will have to provide your password:

It comes up with a warning that you must not install the package AUD-DVD if you are from the USA because it is illegal there (so if you are from the USA, don't install that package).

After accepting the warning, Automatix starts:

and adds some repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list:

Afterwards, click on OK:

In the left window you see all available package groups (File Sharing, Web Browsers, etc.), and in the right window there are all packages that belong to the package group and that can be installed by Automatix. Select the following packages for installation:

  • Skype
  • AUD-DVD Codecs
  • Flash Player
  • MPlayer and FF Plugin
  • Multimedia Codecs
  • SUN JAVA 1.6 JRE
  • RealPlayer
  • Automatix read/write NTFS and FAT32 Mounter
  • Extra Fonts
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Google Earth
  • Google Picasa
  • Opera Browser

After you've made your selection, click on Start. The package installation begins, and it can take some time.

Accept the Skype license:

Automatix continues:

To install NTFS read/write support (ntfs-3g), click on Yes when the following message comes up:

Then click on OK. If you are currently using NTFS partitions, you might have to reboot the system after Automatix has finished to get read/write support on the NTFS partitions.

Google Earth will ask you to accept its license, so click on I Agree:

Google Earth's default settings are ok, so click on Begin Install:

After the Google Earth installation, you can either select to start it immediately or to quit. I select Quit here (although it doesn't matter what you select):

After the installation of all selected packages, we can leave Automatix by clicking on the cross in the upper right corner of the Automatix window. A new window pops up where we select Yes:

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From: at: 2007-05-09 10:00:05

As a suggestion, I'm extremely happy with Virtualbox from Innotek. Especially it's snapshot feature is wonderful.

And to boot, it's free, and no registration needed!

From: at: 2007-09-24 00:15:07

In fact, that's exactly the one I run Windows XP under. (Frightening thing is that XP on Linux with half the available memory runs FASTER than Vista did on this box when it was the only thing running. 512M for XP runs faster virtually than 1G for Vista natively?!? I took the virus known as Vista off immediately.)

From: at: 2007-09-12 19:04:47

I'm not sure about the rest of you web developers out there, but a bad FTP client costs me tons of time. I've always used FileZilla under Windows and it has served me almost flawlessly, but when switching to Ubuntu, gFTP was all I could find. Needless to say, gFTP is completely unsatisfactory -- no offense to those working on it -- but I simply cannot get anything done with it's clumsy interface and many bugs (you can't even drag and drop!).

Luckily, as of 9-8-07, FileZilla 3.0.0 has been released and a Linux version is available. It seems to work perfectly! Drag and drop, split folder/file view, site manager (it even imported my sites from the Windows version of FileZilla 2), and more. I am impressed and ever so thankful! Back to work!

You can get a copy here

Happy FTing,
Larry web development