The End of Automatix
On the 24th of March, the Automatix team finally threw in the towel. Automatix has served for a couple of years as a community server for restricted packages and has been very useful for users who want a one stop shop for all their restricted codecs and software which, due to licensing issues, could not be distributed with official builds of Linux distributions like Ubuntu.
“Well the day has finally come, development of Automatix has been discontinued. We are doing this, NOT because we think Automatix is no longer necessary on Ubuntu and Debian, but because all of the Automatix developers have become wrapped up in more pressing commitments.”
Whilst Automatix has drawn a lot of flak in recent months and probably has as many people who hate it as are fans, however few can dispute it is a great time saver for people who are relatively new to the world of F/OSS and Linux in general. In a community typically seen as having a high learning curve, anything which helps break new users into the joys of Linux should be encouraged, not put down by the old guard who prefer to do things solely in the terminal.
It should be noted that although Automatix v2 is likely not to be developed further, Automatix may still be developed (as v3) for the platform the key members of the team are now working on. We shall have to see what happens in the coming months.