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In the new version of Ubuntu Software Center there is a big banner under toolbar. It's useless for me. How do I remove it?

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The best solution is to simply not use Ubuntu software center until the checkbox removing the advertisement is available. Another needed checkbox would be the one allowing the user to see or not the non-free soft (as in "free speech" but also as in "free beer"). Use Synaptic instead until the Software center karma improve a little! – user52962 Apr 1 '12 at 10:56
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This banner ad was bugging the hell out of me too. I figured out how to remove it, but this might void your warranty or whatever so do this at your own risk:

  1. Close Ubuntu Software Center and make a backup copy of

  2. Edit that file as root: sudo gedit /usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/widgets/

  3. Find the line which defines MAX_HEIGHT = 200 (line 229 or so)

  4. Change MAX_HEIGHT to 10

  5. Save the file, restart software center, banner no longer obtrusive.

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Thank you! It works! – Higgs Bison Oct 20 '11 at 13:36
Typically, Ubuntu is provided with no warranty, so there's no need to worry about (literally) voiding it. If Ubuntu is provided by your OEM, then it's possible (but not guaranteed) that there is some software warranty through them. – Eliah Kagan Jun 3 '12 at 21:40
sudo nano /usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/

find self._append_banner_ads() and comment it out with #.


Save file, restart Software Center. See for more information

In Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04, the file is: /usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/

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That area is reserved for "featured" apps and other promotions. It will change periodically now that Ubuntu 11.10 is released. It cannot be changed or removed.

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I understand it. But I think many users want a checkbox that removes this annoying advertisement. – Higgs Bison Oct 14 '11 at 7:58
"It cannot be changed or removed." Forgive my ignorance but I thought that a key element of Linux is that this sentence never applies. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 25 '12 at 19:10

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