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I am transferring from 8.10 to 10.10. I was wondering what is the difference between Ubuntu Software Centre and Synaptic Package Manager in 10.10? For what kinds of things do I need to go which?


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marked as duplicate by Aditya, Eric Carvalho, guntbert, minerz029, ignite Dec 26 '13 at 22:21

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Both of them are package managers but software center is simple to use and synaptic is more complicated and provides more options (More details about packages for example).There was some news about removing synaptic form next release of ubuntu (but installable from repositories) since software center can do the work (here).

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Syanptic is more powerful and was designed as a package manager. Software Center was designed as an "app-store" like program.

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I'd add that synaptic is an advanced tool and you can break something if you don't know what you are doing. – Adrian Lopez Sep 30 '15 at 2:44

In synaptic package manager you can select several packages and install at once.

But in Software Center you cannot do that. You have to select one and click on install and then only can select the next.

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