Ninite, the web service that allows users to download installers for a range of popular Windows software in a single pack, has landed a beta for Linux.
Although installing software on Linux is easy from the terminal and the Ubuntu Software Center, it can still be a bother for inexperienced users.
Ninite for Linux beta delivers a custom .deb package for Ubuntu which adds the appropriate APT repositories and keys for the selected software and then downloads and installs the required packages. The .deb file can be retained for future system installs or re-installations.
Ninite for Linux currently includes Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Skype, Transmission, OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, Picasa, VLC, Banshee, Restricted extras (for codecs), Dropbox, Gnome-Do, Adobe AIR and Wine.