Install Popular Applications in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Using Automatix2

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Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based Linux operating systems.

Install Automatix2 in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Open terminal from Applications—>Accessories—>Terminal From terminal do the following enter each line and press enter

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


gpg --import automatix2.key

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

Now you need to update your source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Automatix2 Using the following command

sudo apt-get install automatix2

This will complete the installation and now if you want to open the application you need to go to Applications—>System Tools—>Automatix you can see in the following screen

This will prompt for root password and enter your root password and click ok

Multimedia codecs License information just click on yes

Automatix2 is loading

Automatix2 is Updating Source list

Now you should see the following screen this is having different softwares in different categories

“Burning and Ripping” this contains the following applications

Brasero -- CD Burning tool for the GNOME Desktop

GnomeBaker -- The Best GTK2 CD/DVD Burning Software

Ripper and Tuner -- Streamripper and Streamtuner

xDVDshrink -- Linux CounterPart of DVDshrink

“Chat Clients” contains the following applications

AMSN 0.97 -- MSN Client With Webcam Support

Gaim 2.0 Beta3 and extras -- Install Gaim 2.0 Beta3 and extras

Gyachi -- Yahoo Messanger With Voice,Webcam and lots of other features

Skype -- A free Voice over IP Software

XChat -- Install XChat

“Codecs and Plugins” contains the following applications

AUD-DVD Codecs -- NON-FREE Audio and DVD codecs

Flash Player -- Installs the adobe Flash Player Plugin for firefox

Mplayer and FF Plugin -- Mplayer and Firefox 2.0 plugin

Multimedia Codecs -- Commonly needed audio and video codecs

SUN Java 1.6 JRE -- Sun's Version 1.6 JRE and the firefox plugin

Swiftfox Plugins -- Installs commonly used Swiftfox Plugins,MS Fonts

“Commercial Software” contains the following applications

Crossover Office Professional 6.0-1 -- Install and Run Windows applications like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop on Ubuntu

Crossover Office Standard 6.0-1 -- Install and Run Windows applications like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop on Ubuntu

“Drivers” contains the following applications

Lightscribe for Linux -- LaCie LightScribe Labeler for Linux

NDISWrapper -- A driver wrapper that allows you to use windows drivers for network cards

Nvidia Driver -- Installs nVidia drivers on select nVidia cards

“Email Clients” contains the following applications

Checkgmail -- Gmail checker which sits in your system tray

Thunderbird 1.5 -- Installs Thunderbird 1.5

“Eyecandy” contains the following applications

Gdesklets -- Installs Gdesklets

“File Sharing” contains the following applications

Azures -- Installs Azureus bittorrent client

Bittornado -- A GTK Bittorent Client for GNOME

DCPP -- Linux DC++ client

Frostwire -- Install Frostwire P2P client

aMule -- Latest version of a P2P file sharing client

“Media Players and Editors” contains the following applications

Audacity -- A Versatile audio editor

Avidemux -- Video Editing Tool

Beep Media Player -- A classic winamp style audio player

DVD Ripper -- Installs a GTK based DVD ripper

Easytag -- A Versatile mp3 tag editor

Exaile -- Amarok like music manager for Gnome

Kino -- A Versatile Video editor

Listen Media Manager -- Latest Version of a new media manager and player for GNOME

RealPlayer -- Installs RealPlayer

Songbird -- Music Manager

Totem Xine -- A media player

VLC Media Player -- Another Versatile media player

iLinux -- iLife Alternative and Ipod programs and libraries

“Miscellaneous” contains the following applications

Automatix read/write NTFS and FAT32 Mounter -- Automatically mounts all local FAT32 and NTFS Partitions and makes them writable

Ctrl-Alt-Del -- This Configures Ctrl-Alt-Del to Open Gnome System Monitor

Debian Menu -- Shows all installed applications on your system

Extra Fonts -- Additional fonts and msttcorefonts

Nautilus Scripts -- Open Nautilus, and any file with gedit with a right click, as root (GNOME ONLY)

Slab -- Installs Novell’s “Slab” menu used in SLED 10

“Office” contains the following applications

Acrobat Reader -- Adobe Acrobat Reader and plugin for Firefox 2.0

GnuCash -- Money management software for GNOME

Google Earth -- Satellite Earth imagery application from Google

Google Picasa -- Photo editing application from Google

OpenOffice Clipart -- clipart in OpenOffice

“Programming Tools” contains the following applications

Anjuta -- C/C++ Development enviroment

Bluefish -- HTML Editor

Gambas -- Gambas is a free development environment based on Basic interpreter like Visual Basic

Monodevelop -- C#/Boo/Java/Nemerle/lLasm Development enviroment

Screem -- Gnome website development environment

Scribus -- Desktop publishing software

Stanis Python Editor -- A powerful python IDE

“Utilities” contains the following applications

Archiving Tools -- Additional archiving tools (rar, unrar, ace, and 7zip)

Backup and Restore -- A graphical backup and restore solution for Ubuntu (GNOME)

Beagle -- A Mono-based desktop search program

Boot-up Manager -- Easy configuration of startup and shutdown scripts and services

GFTP -- FTP client for GNOME with ssh capability

Glipper -- Clipboard Manager for Gnome

Gnome Security Suite -- ClamAV Antivirus and Firestarter Firewall

GnomePPP -- Graphical dialup connection tool

Liferea -- A RSS reader for GNOME

Network Manager -- A Program and menu applet that allows you to easily change networks

“Virtualization” contains the following applications

VMware Player -- Runs virtual operating systems

VirtualBox -- Runs virtual operating systems

Wine -- Installs wine

“Web Browsers” contains the following applications

Opera Browser -- Installs Opera Web Browser

Swiftfox Browser -- Installs Swiftfox browser for your specific CPU


Now we will see one example how to install Opera web browser using automatix first you need to check the tick box option available next to opera browser application

Now if you want to start installation you need to click on start button available at the top panel

Opera Web Browser installation in progress

Uninstall applications Using Automatix

If you want to uninstall any application which you installed using automatix you need to click on uninstall tab select the application you want to uninstall and click on start button on top

Automatix2 is having new feature when you can check your automatix activitylog, changelog, Errors and Information and Source list

Sample Activitylog Report

Sample Changelog Report

Automatix2 Version details

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35 Responses

  1. tony says:

    I had an issue with the source list. In this line:

    echo “deb Feisty main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

    the word Feisty should be feisty. I got errors with it capitalized. Other than that, it is a great tutorial. Thanks.

  2. admin says:

    I have corrected this in main article thanks tony

  3. Matt Vapor says:

    Very excellent guide! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Greg Milne says:

    Hi, I followed your instructions but got this error message. I’m new (brand new) to linux and ubuntu so please forgive me if I’ve done something dumb!

    E: Type ‘“deb’ is not known on line 44 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    The last command I successfully entered was:
    gpg –export –armor E23C5FC3 | sudo apt-key add –

  5. admin says:

    That is a mistake in the configuration file for your package manager

    Please post the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list and we’ll fix it.

  6. tiny says:

    I have the same problem as @Greg.

    Any help would be great.

    however it won’t let me post what the Admin says to post because of spam filters

  7. Greg Milne says:

    Yep, had the same as tiny. You should be able to unblock it though

  8. Jesse says:

    Same problem as tiny and Greg and now my installer in kubuntu no longer works. Help. I can’t believe all this has to be done just to install a flash player. Between this, configuring my wireless card and fixing my touchpad, I’m exausted. Any help would be appreciated.

    Windows user trying to give UBUNTU a good try.

  9. Jesse says:

    Do I really need automatix? I just downloaded flash player plugin from firefox and it worked. I still can’t use my installer though due to changes made to /etc/apt/sources.

  10. tiny says:

    here is the fix guys (Greg)

    You have to edit the sources.list file. Please note that this might have grave issues but I have no idea what they are. I just read that on some other site. I don’t take any responsibility for your results since this is my first Linux install and I don’t know much about it yet.

    1. Create a backup in case something goes wrong.

    sudo cp -p /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup

    2. Edit the sources.list file

    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    3. Remove the quotes from these lines (I don’t know if it is supposed to be there twice or not). In my file they were the last lines in the file.

    “deb feisty main”
    “deb feisty main”

    4. Save the file and close the editor.

    5. Continue the install instructions with this line in the above article

    sudo apt-get update

    Hope I got it all down correctly.

  11. Francois Rigaut says:

    Jesse: you definitely don’t need automatix for flash nor for many (all) of the packages automatix install. But it makes (some) things easier.

    Hey, admin: I usually like your post, but are you sure about this one? Remember the recent post in /. generally having bad comments about an article that was also recommending to install automatix on a fresh feisty install. Most of the /. comments were mentioning how bad automatix deals with package management (how it screws it up).

    Personally, I am not using automatix. I do everything with (1) apt-get/aptitude and (2) compiling packages from source (e.g. libdvdcss takes about 10 seconds to build). So: no, I haven’t had bad experiences with automatix, just asking.
    Any comments?

  12. Kevin G. says:

    yeah, it didn’t like those quotes around “deb…

    I just went into /etc/apt/sources.list & removed them

  13. Jesse says:

    Same here. I removed the quotes and I’m back in business.

    Thanks guys

  14. Charlie says:

    E: Couldn’t find package automatix2

  15. dar dobs says:

    AX seems to have killed/broken the following: Add/Remove applications,Synaptic& Update manager.
    -dummies uninstall of AX is via Synaptic…go figure

  16. sid says:

    Thanks for the nice article !

    I’ve been wondering . how did you take automatix screenshots ? . i tried print screen ,screenshot applet but that doesnt work that well.

    Also if anyone know any tool what would allow me to capture the video of my linux desktop that would be of great help.
    i.e capturing video as i work on gimp and or write a prog on the ide.


  17. coppertrail says:

    I was able to get it installed after removing the quotes from the sources.list file and all was well until I rebooted.

    Now, automatix errors out when trying to install packages. It could be the 2 packages that I’ve tried to install, but it seems strange that I was able to install 4 packages prior to the reboot.

    Synaptics continues to work fine after installing Automatix2.

  18. bliffle says:

    I just tried this ‘automatix’ thing and stopped after the first error, I.E., after I typed in:

    sudo apt-get update

    I got:

    E: Type ‘“deb’ is not known on line 37 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list

    I stopped there, not having any good idea what to do next, and later tried to run Synaptics and got a message box with this text:

    E: Type ‘“deb’ is not known on line 37 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    Go to the repository dialog to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    I don’t know what to do now.

    I stopped there. But now my Synaptics is screwed up, and I still don’t have the codecs I needed. So I’ve fallen backward from attempting the ‘automatix’ thing. Pretty bad.

    Is there a way to fix my old Synaptics, that someone has tested and actually works?

    I don’t want conjecture by some greenhorn.

  19. bliffle says:

    Has anyone figured out how to backout this miscreant installer?

    I figure that the missing “deb” command must be part of a “debian” related installer, but I don’t know how to restore it.

    Pretty irresponsible for someone to dump this bad info on the forum and then disappear.

    If I don’t get it fixed in a day or so I’ll just re-install ubuntu.

  20. Aryl says:

    Your sources.list cannot parse the quotes around the line with deb on it.

    Try the following line in a terminal:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    On the last line, you will see “deb feisty main”

    Remove the quotes, and save the file.

    Now try:

    sudo apt-get update

    Continue with the rest of the tutorial.

  21. Pelle says:

    Well Automatix just screwed up my system. I have tried to reset my sources.list but apt is complaining about a missing “package”-head or something in my settings file – I have absolutely no idea how to fix this and since most people wont have any idea how to fix things like this you should stay away from this buggy software!

  22. porky says:

    right i am having a SIMULA problem i am a bit new 2 Linux please help i get this error when i try 2 update or use
    synaptic package manager. thanks

    sudo apt-get update
    E: Type ‘echo’ is not known on line 60 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list

  23. porky says:

    here is my sources.list if this will help ?

    deb feisty main restricted
    deb-src feisty main restricted

    ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
    ## distribution.
    deb feisty-updates main restricted
    deb-src feisty-updates main restricted

    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the ‘universe’
    ## repository.
    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
    ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
    ## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
    ## team.
    # deb edgy universe
    # deb-src edgy universe

    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the ‘backports’
    ## repository.
    ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    # deb edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    # deb-src edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

    deb feisty-security main restricted
    deb-src feisty-security main restricted
    # deb edgy-security universe
    # deb-src edgy-security universe Automatix repo
    deb edgy main Automatix repo


    deb feisty main

    deb feisty main

    deb feisty-commercial main

    deb feisty-backports main restricted universe multiverse

    deb feisty-updates universe multiverse

    deb feisty-security main restricted universe multiverse

    deb feisty universe multiverse
    #AUTOMATIX REPOS END# Repository for wine
    deb edgy main
    deb-src edgy main# Repository for wine
    deb edgy main
    deb-src edgy main
    deb feisty main
    deb feisty main
    deb feisty main
    deb feisty main
    echo “deb feisty main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

    deb Feisty main

  24. Johan says:

    Done a fresh install of Feisty yesterday.
    After that Medibuntu to install codecs etc.
    All’s working well. DVD’s Firexfox etc.
    The Automatix2 to install some extra sw.
    After running automatix the systems aks an update of muliple packages, so i did…
    After that I was not able to watch any DVD or whatever movie in Totem, mplayer or gxine anymore.
    I did not find another sollution than a new fresh install of Feisty.
    Did the same again, medibuntu and automatix2.
    But only to install Picassa now.
    Some sht again. After Automatix2, package update and no proper codes anymore.
    Finally just install a fresh Feisty, without Automatix.
    Im I the onlyone with this problem?


  25. Rob Turner says:

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

    puts the ” in the file

  26. Murdo says:

    Hi I followed the guide but keep getting the message
    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ echo “deb feisty main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
    deb feisty main
    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ wget
    => `automatix2.key’
    Connecting to||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 1,706 (1.7K) [application/pgp-keys]

    100%[====================================>] 1,706 –.–K/s

    08:32:04 (404.17 KB/s) – `automatix2.key’ saved [1706/1706]

    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ gpg –import automatix2.key
    gpg: key E23C5FC3: public key “Arnav Ghosh (Automatix Team Lead) ” imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: imported: 1
    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ gpg –export –armor E23C5FC3 | sudo apt-key add –
    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get update
    E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/hhtp could not be found.
    E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/hhtp could not be found.
    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install automatix2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package automatix2

    Please Help me this is a real pain

  27. nixblicker says:

    murdo@murdo-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get update
    E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/hhtp could not be found.
    E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/hhtp could not be found.

    You should look into /etc/apt/sources.list and replace every occurence of “hhtp” with “http”.
    Explaination: Apt is searching for a protocol handler for “hhtp”, but this handler does not exist.

    Hope that helps,

  28. Manuuz says:

    Great Site!
    Keep up the good work!

  29. Miguel says:

    Hi, I am user of feisty linux, anyone can help me? I have this problem.

    miguel@quantum2:~$ gpg –import automatix2.key
    gpg: key E23C5FC3: “Arnav Ghosh (Automatix Team Lead) ” not changed
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: unchanged: 1
    miguel@quantum2:~$ gpg –export –armor E23C5FC3 | sudo apt-key add –
    miguel@quantum2:~$ sudo apt-get update
    E: Type ‘“deb’ is not known on line 46 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
    miguel@quantum2:~$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    miguel@quantum2:~$ sudo apt-get update
    Get:1 feisty-security Release.gpg [191B]
    Ign feisty-security/main Translation-en_US

    bla.. bla.. bla..

    Fetched 3B in 1s (2B/s)
    Reading package lists… Done
    miguel@quantum2:~$ sudo apt-get install automatix2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package automatix2

  30. lean says:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    automatix2: Depends: python-gtkhtml2 but it is not installable
    E: Broken packages

    I tried fixing broken packages with synaptic, but that didn’t work. Oh please help !

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