Ultamatix: The New Automatix

Brings dozens of games for Ubuntu users!

I guess all Linux users, especially Ubuntu ones, have used or at least heard about Automatix, an application that can install and uninstall the most used and popular programs. From multimedia codecs and archiving tools, e-mail clients and web browsers, to audio/video ripping and burning software, Automatix could do them all. Unfortunately, a few months ago, Automatix died (it was actually sold to the Pioneer Linux).

Today we are pleased to announce the Automatix replacement: Ultamatix! It is actually based on Automatix, therefore it looks and acts exactly the same. The good news is that Ultamatix is designed to work with Ultimate Editon 1.8, Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) and the unstable branch of Debian Linux.

How does Ultamatix work? Well, instead of searching all day long through thousands of applications in Synaptic, in order to make your newly installed Ubuntu system exactly how you dreamed of, you can use only one software to install them all, in one single easy step. For example, you need all the multimedia codecs and all the archiving tools available out there – what are you going to do? Are you gonna spend 1 or 2 hours (or even more) on the Internet, searching for different guides or in front of Synaptic, wondering what else you may need? With Ultamatix, you can install all the multimedia codecs, archiving tools and the Adobe Flash Player for Firefox, and it will all take you 5 minutes and 3 mouse clicks.

OK, OK... now you're anxious and you are wondering what the applications that Ultamatix can install are. Below is a list with some of the most widely used programs and the dozens of games that Ultamatix can install:

Audio/Video Ripping and Burning tools

• DVD Ripper (DVD ripper tool)

• DVD Styler (DVD authoring system)

• K9copy (DVD backup software)

• Man DVD (DVD-Video generator)

• xDVDshrink (DVDshrink clone)

Chat clients

• Pidgin + All its plugins

• AMSN (MSN Messenger client)

• Kvirc (IRC client)

• Skype (Voice Over IP software)

• XChat (IRC client)

E-mail clients

• Checkgmail (system tray GMail checker)

• Swiftdove (Thunderbird clone)

Eye Candy tools

• Avant Window Navigator (Mac OS X dock-like)

• Gdesklets (desktop widgets)

• Screenlets (desktop widgets)

• Ultimate Edition themes

Office software

• Acrobat Reader (PDF viewer)

• Gourmet (recipe manager)

• Google Earth

• Google Picasa

• Microsoft Office OpenXML Translator

• OpenOffice Clipart

Audio/Video Players and Editors

• Amarok 2 (versatile audio player)

• Banshee (audio player)

• Dragon Player (video player)

• Lives (video editor)

• Totem-Xine

• Songbird (iTunes like music manager)

• VLC (video player)

• iLinux (iLife alternative)

Programming tools

• Glade 3

• Quanta Plus

• Screem Editor

• Bluefish Editor

• Anjuta IDE

Not convinced yet? Ultamatix can also install all the multimedia codecs, archiving tools, Nautilus scripts, Adobe Flash 9, Sun Java 1.6 JRE, Wine, NTFS read/write support, Ubuntu Tweak, Acetone ISO 2, Frostwire, Startup Manager, Sysinfo, Firestarter, Clam Anti-virus, extra fonts and themes and the KDE, XFCE or Enlightenment environments.

Still not convinced? Take a look at the following games that can be installed, with only a few mouse clicks, on your Ubuntu operating system:

• Return to the Castle of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

• America's Army

• Alien Arena 2007

• Amoebax

• AssaultCube

• ATanks

• Nexuiz

• Glest

• Tremulous

• The Battle for Wesnoth

• Open Arena

• Warsow

• Vdrift

• BzFlag

• Orbital Sniper

• Neverball

• Urban Terror

• Vegastrike

• Scorched 3D

• FooBillard

• Wormux

• World Of Padman

• Frozen Bubble

• Flightgear

• Globulation 2

• UFO: Alien Invasion

• Warzone 2100

How do I install it?

We've tested Ultamatix on the latest version of Ubuntu, 8.04.1 LTS. The installation process is the same for both i386 and AMD64 machines, and requires you to download the .deb file from Softpedia. When the download is over, double click the ultamatix-1.8.0-3_all.deb file, enter your password and install it. That's it! Now you can find Ultamatix under System Tools -> Ultamatix. Use it wisely!

Supported operating systems:

• Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) LTS

• Ubuntu 8.04.1 (Hardy Heron) LTS

• Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 1.8

• Debian Unstable

Let’s take a look at some screenshots of the latest version of Ultamatix in action, tested here at the Softpedia Labs:

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