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I believe this is by design. The origin section allows you to view packages by repository (origin). Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/118665/10-package-management-operations-you-need-synaptic-for-on-ubuntu/ Just because you are no longer using it doesn't mean it doesn't exist....


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From man synaptic: OPTIONS Synaptic accepts all of the standard Gtk+ toolkit command line options as well as the following: -f, --filter-file=filename specify an alternative filter settings file -i, --initial-filter=int apply the filter with number int at startup -o, --option=option ...


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First, you can't use at the same time Synaptic and package-related commands (such as apt-get or dpkg). Normally, a simple sudo apt-get update should generate a new pkgcache.bin, since you seem to have deleted it as well. Can't test it right now, however...


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In more recent Ununtu versions, the package is known as linux-firmware-nonfree. You may also need to rebuild the package index. Please try: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree Detach the ethernet, reboot and you should be all set.


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I read again the error you have got. This lead me to read again your question. It is useless to try to resolve your problem because as soon as you fix it (I wonder if it is really possible), you will encounter several other problems that could never be solved. But why ? The reason is simple: You can upgrade Ubuntu only to the next version which follows it in ...


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Apt and Dpkg are not going anywhere, they are here to stay: all of the applications you listed use them on the back end. You should think of GUI and shell interfaces as related but independent - often a GUI uses the shell commands as a backend - for example, we added a Landscape control panel in 12.04, but left landscape-config unchanged.



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