Fair enough, and I actually totally agree with the demonstration but they don't actually help solving the matter. There's obviously a need for something like Automatix, it's fair enough to say don't use it but you need to come with something else.
Just one more great example of why I support, promote, and use Mint.
I used Automatix when I first started using Linux (Ubuntu). It was a good solution for the absolute nOOb with limited time to learn.
Automatix and other third party apps may ultimately be responsible for retention of new / casual users of Linux. And the Linux community in general needs to get the causal user involved in the promotion of Linux (Mint of course
). To get them involved, these users may need something that makes it easy to load that codec, etc. When it is easy they talk about how easy Linux is. Learning the CLI, will come next, but searching out how-to instructions, editing config files ,etc. while you listen to your favorite music makes it much more enjoyable.