Automatix, a third-party program used for installing a select few popular software titles and video drivers in Ubuntu, has passed. The developers of this installer, more or less, have decided to go their own separate ways. If you ask me, I think they stopped because the purpose it served has more or less been replaced by official Ubuntu support.
When I first started using Ubuntu about a year ago, I used Automatix to install my nVidia proprietary drivers, Google Earth, Skype, Flash, DVD playback, even VMware-Server, among other things (come to think of it, I even installed Beryl with it). Today, installing all of these things has gotten much much easier. Most of these items can be installed via the Add/Remove applications applet, or Synaptic and if your comfortable with the terminal good old “sudo apt-get install fill in the blank” works great too for most things. Compiz has replaced Beryl and is included with Ubuntu by default now, video card drivers are handled fairly well by the Restricted Drivers manager… There isn’t much out there these days that Automatix can help people out with.
Sorry to see you go, Automatix! But you’re job here is done. Rest in peace. At least I won’t forget you.
Thursday, March 27th, 2008