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I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 desktop and I am in the process of learning. I want to install some applications from the Ubuntu Software Center, but the installation process is quite long and slow. With the Ubuntu Software Center, I can only install and download one application for a time. So I want to ask is there a way to speed up the process of installing software through the Ubuntu Software Center, like a multi-tasking program?

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Your question is answered here:… – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Sep 27 '11 at 6:50

Welcome to the Ubuntu Community!.

The installation times depends on several factors:

  • Download Speed
  • Size of Packages
  • PC Hardware
  • Etc.

You can only install 1 package at the time, because that's how APT was created.

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Software Center is slow, so please close Software Center and use the quickest way to install packages, the terminal: press Ctrl + Alt + T to open and to install applications type:

sudo apt-get install name_of_package1 name_of_package2 ...

Give your user password when requested. You will not see any password screen when you type the password, so type then press Enter.

Another way that's quicker than the Software Center for installing packages is to use Synaptic.

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Note that it would be advisable to run sudo apt-get update to get updated package information prior to installing through the terminal. Also, you'll still be using the apt package manager to download and install your applications, so while you might see a performance boost it can still only install one package at a time. – Christopher Kyle Horton Sep 27 '11 at 13:30
The software center is slow because apt is slow. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Sep 27 '11 at 14:24

Lubuntu Software Center

Maybe you would like to install lubuntu software center. It's the lightweight ubuntu software center, and it is much more simple too.

To install it:

  • Slow but graphical Ubuntu Software Center way: click here

  • Fast but terminal way: You'll have to type or copy-paste:

    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-software-center

Lubuntu Software Center

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This is a very old question, and has nothing to do with the actual software center. The original post was asking why you could only install 1 package at a time. – SuperSluether Dec 31 '15 at 18:28

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