This tutorial will take you step-by-step through installing Automatix, and then show you how to use it to install all the required components for you to play DVD’s, MP3’s, XVID and more.
Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based linux operating systems. Using it, you can install all the required components and applications to play the following types of multimeda: DVD movies, OGG, THEORA, AAC, MP3, WMA, WMV, DIVX, XVID, MPEG-1/2/4, QuickTime, Flash, RealAudio, JAVA, and more.
The following steps should work perfectly if you’re using Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake). If you’re using another version of Ubuntu (or Kubuntu, or Mepis 6) you should follow the instructions found here.
- Open a Terminal by selecting Applications -> Accessories and then Terminal.
- Enter the following commands one after the other (wait for each command to finish before you enter the next – if you copy and paste from below, do it one line at a time)
chmod 755 ~/automatix-installer
- You’ll end out back at a blinking prompt. Feel free to close Terminal now.
- Now start Automatix by selecting Applications -> System Tools and then Automatix
- Read the first intro screen and then click OK
- Review the ‘legal’ information carefully. Click OK.
- Automatix will remind you that if you install Wine, you’ll need to do further configuring later. Click OK. Another tutorial (coming soon!) will cover installing Wine, so don’t worry about it too much now.
- Enter your password when prompted.
- A bunch of text will appear in a Terminal window…
- … and then Automatix will appear. Select the packages you wish to install. For playing multimedia (mp3’s, divx or xvid movies etc) make sure to select Media Players, MPlayer & FF Plugin and Multimedia codecs. Some other programs you may want to consider installing are Flash Player and Sun JAVA 1.5 JRE. Click OK to begin the download and install process.
- Watch the lines fly by…
- Don’t be surprised if other Terminal windows pop up.
- Depending on what you choose to install, you may be prompted for a bit more input. As an example, Java requires you to agree to a license agreement. Hit enter on your keyboard to ‘select’ OK.
- Use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate between options.
- When all of the installations are complete, you’ll be prompted by Automatix to choose between keeping your original sources.list or replacing it with an updated version. I would suggest clicking OK to restore your original version, but feel free to research the subject for yourself.
- Click OK if prompted.
- That’s it – you’re done! No need to reboot or anything like that, just start watching movies –
- or listening to music. It should be noted that if you want to remove any of the software that Automatix installed, you should follow these instructions.