26 March 2008

Automatix is Dead

Development of Automatix has been discontinued, so in a release or two, we won't have to worry so much about fixing the issues it causes with upgrades. Yay!

To anyone thinking Automatix is necessary, in the normal Add/Remove, there is a package called Ubuntu Restricted Extras that has been there since Feisty and will take care of almost everything for which Automatix is used. The last couple packages (for DVD decryption) are available from Medibuntu (Wiki linked because of direct links to packages).


8 comments:

jim said...

If it wasn't for automatix I may have never fallen in love with Ubuntu. It addressed some very real needs in early editions of Ubuntu and I for one am grateful for their efforts. However, it's been clear for some time that automatix was no longer needed and perhaps doing more harm than good. I am glad they have decided to "close shop" as it were of their own accord. I hope they do so in a way public enough to discourage other from suggesting it as a viable solution. Thanks for sharing.

Gez said...

Jim said it all. Automatix was a great help when I started using Ubuntu. Mostly because a couple of years ago there wasn't an easy and straight-forward way to install nvidia drivers without it.
Now that proprietary drivers are available with the restricted manager and a lot of stuff was added to the official repos, Automatix is no longer required.
Even without Medibuntu we have a fairly complete system, so I guess it's good news they killed the project.

MagicFab said...

Thanks for letting us know about this, much appreciated.

Kitkat said...

Sad to know its development has been discontinued. :)

Wayne said...

I second the above comments. Automatix helped me greatly with Ubuntu when I first started - actually one of the reasons I initially tried Ubuntu. Got all the multimedia working for me so easily, no problems. I'm still using 6.10 so upgrading wasn't a factor for me.

Aubrey said...

I agree with Jim and Gez. Its hard to see where Automatix could really go now that you can do all the important stuff from within Add/Remove or Synaptic. I haven't used it since Feisty but I still have the extra scripts they added for invoking root gedit and root nautilus and I use them all the time.

Mackenzie said...

I never actually saw the use of it. I used UbuntuGuide.org when I started, so I could at least see what I was doing and learn from it. I've got a friend whose upgrade was really broken from using it, though, and her backup drive had just died so she was stuck with the half-upgraded system for about a month :(

Anonymous said...

About time! So it "helped" a few people, but it broke just as much (actually the same) systems, more or less. If you didn't mind wiping and reinstalling each time it might have been a semi-ok idea, but it was really poorly executed and took a lot of valuable dev and support time that could have been used to actually fixing things.

Happy news indeed!