Automatix2 Setup in Debian Etch

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

Before installing Automatix2, make sure that the non-free and contrib directories in your primary debian repository in /etc/apt/sources.list are enabled. Automatix2 depends on one or more packages from these directories. Your primary debian repository should look like something as follows

deb etch main non-free contrib

Install Automatix2 in Debian Etch

Open terminal do the following enter each line and press enter

echo “deb etch 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

#apt-get update

Install Automatix2 Using the following command

#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 0.95 – MSN Client With Webcam Support

Gaim 2.0 Beta5 and extras – Install Gaim 2.0 Beta5 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 1.5 JRE – Sun’s Version 1.5 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
Crossover Office Standard 6.0-1 – Install and Run Windows applications like MS Office and Adobe Photoshop

“Drivers” contains the following applications

ALSA Sound Configuration – Runs Module assistant to correctly compile and configure ALSA

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

fooz2js drivers – Installs the drivers for the printers

spca5xx webcam drivers – Installs drivers for USB Webcams

“Email Clients” contains the following applications

Checkgmail – Gmail checker which sits in your system tray

Icedove 1.5 – Installs Icedove 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

Democracy Player – Internet TV Platform

Easytag – A Versatile mp3 tag editor

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

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

SUN Java 1.5 JDK – Sun’s Version 1.5 JDK
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

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

“Virtualization” contains the following applications

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, change log, Errors and Information and Source list

Sample Activitylog Report

Sample Changelog Report

If you want to see KDE Applications click on Show KDE apps

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9 thoughts on “Automatix2 Setup in Debian Etch

  1. Automatix will totally destroy your system on upgrade. And the author is unwilling to fix that. Automatix is sad example of hype that will crash you system :/

  2. Seems that most of these programs are already available in the Debian repositories.

    The ones that aren’t can be optained from the repositories.

    I do like how it presents various applications in a way that my non-Linux geeks friends and family will like.

    But I am concerned about what exactly this does to a stock Debian install. I don’t want to do anything that will disrupt the dpkg system. Does it put non-packaged stuff in any of the system directories?

  3. Hi,
    The installation worked but it didn’t run on my comp saying it’s not the correct version of debian. I’m running on Etch RC1

  4. its custom made only for etch i.e. 4.0 and will niether run on 4.0RC or on unstable or testing distro, so people who want cuttin edge will not be able to work with automatix.

    also now it is officially recemended not to use automatix coz it can severly disrupt the working of normal system.
    better is to stick with you synaptic system and if you want new packages add debian-multimedia repo and debian-unoffical reposatories.

  5. Actually, this “4.0r0” limitation is pretty restricting. My system is running stable, up-to-date, and really as Etch as it could possibly be. Yet my version check reports “not found” and thus I cannot use Automatix2 at all. What a shame!

    Can someone let me know where I would normally find this revision number so I can make an attempt at updating it to bring my system into uniformity with the masses (or just spoofing it so I can run the program). Thanks.

  6. To fix the version problem, perform the following:

    First u need to install tango-icon-theme here is the link for deb package:…0.8.1-2_all.deb

    second download and install automatix

    after that open console, become root and run that command

    gedit /usr/lib/automatix2/

    and change the following lines

    #get distro version…
    #conf.uVersion = getDistVersion()
    #self.splashArea.prog.set_text(”Found %s…”%conf.uVersion)
    #if axConf.distro[’version’] != conf.uVersion or axConf.distro[’name’] != conf.uName:
    #alert(”This version of Automatix is for %s %s only”%(axConf.distro[’name’],axConf.distro[’version’]),sys.exit)
    #check enviroment for synaptic ect…

    save and exit gedit…
    and start automatix!

    thats all

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