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I recently updated 13.04, and upgraded the kernel. After that, the software center seems not to be working. when I click on the icon, the logo just blinks and nothing happens. Is it possible to correct this, or how do I remove the software center.

When I issue the command

sudo apt-get remove software-center

it, asks to remove ubuntu-desktop too. What is ubuntu-desktop, and is it very important for the system ?

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Ubuntu-desktop requires the software center to be installed. I do not believe it is possible to remove the software center without removing ubuntu-desktop. – DaboRoss Jun 15 '13 at 4:13
Is the ubuntu-desktop really important. I know it is important for updating the sysmtem. – Roshan George Jun 15 '13 at 4:19
First search Dash for Software Center. Does that icon work? It may just be the icon docked (leftover, from before upgrade). – david6 Jun 15 '13 at 4:32
No, none of the icons work – Roshan George Jun 15 '13 at 5:41
Please read this link: In general, many of your doubts will be clarified if you visit – user25656 Jun 15 '13 at 6:17


 sudo apt-get -f update
 sudo apt-get -f upgrade

just to fix any existing problems. Then

 sudo apt-get --reinstall install software-center 

to re-install software center.

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What doe the apt-get do ? – Roshan George Jun 15 '13 at 4:52
@RoshanGeorge apt-get is a command line package management tool. – DaboRoss Jun 15 '13 at 6:36
i know that, but, what does --reinstall install does? – Roshan George Jun 15 '13 at 8:18
apt-get is a command line tool to fetch software from repositories along with any other required software (dependencies) and install them on your computer. -f says "fix". update updates the list of software with updates available, upgrade upgrades those those updates. install installs, --reinstall says "reinstall" something that's already installed. – Marc Jun 15 '13 at 14:38

If you want a more advanced alternative to the software center you can install synaptic by typing sudo apt-get install synaptic

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Firstly Don't remove software center because it is of great use.

Secondly:rather installing from software center install the packages from Terminal using "apt-get install package_name" "apt-fast install package_name"

before using apt-fast you need to install it by typing

"apt-get install apt-fast"

using apt-fast increases the downloading speed of your install

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I get the following errors when adding the repos.. link – Roshan George Jun 15 '13 at 5:39

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