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WebUpd8 reader Georgi Karavasilev, inspired by our own Y PPA Manager, has created a GUI tool called Mechanig which you can use to refresh the repositories, upgrade packages, clean leftover .deb and unnecessary packages and more.

In this first version, Mechanig can perform the following actions:
  • Refresh repositories
  • Upgrades packages
  • Removes unnesseary pacakges
  • Removes pacakges that can not be installed from the package list (apt-get autoclean)
  • Removes Deb files downloaded by apt
  • Opimizes apt
  • Optimizes ram

The above operations can be triggered either separately or all at once.

Sure, you can perform all these from the terminal but this application wants to make it easier for everybody to perform these actions from a single UI, without having to remember the commands.

Install Mechanig in Ubuntu

Add the Mechanig PPA and install it in Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid, Maverick or Natty using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kokoto-java/usu-extras
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mechanig

For suggestions, bugs and so on, leave a comment here - I'm sure Georgi will be reading.