The Ubuntu Software Center is described as,

Utility for browsing, installing, and removing software Ubuntu Software Center lets you browse and install thousands of free and paid applications available for Ubuntu. You can view available software by category, or search quickly by name or description. You can also examine the software already installed, and remove items you no longer need. To install or remove software using USC, you need administrator access on the computer.

I'm wanting to remove Python 2. If this is the a core gui-distro utility, why is it on Python 2 (which is EOL in 1 year 1 month), why would my distro ship this?

Depends: python:any (>= 2.7)
app-install-data (>= 0.4.0)
aptdaemon (>= 0.40)
humanity-icon-theme, gir1.2-glib-2.0 (>= 1.31)
gir1.2-gmenu-3.0 (>= 3.1.5)
python-gi (>= 3.4.0-1ubuntu0.1)
python-apt (>= 0.8.3ubuntu4)
python-aptdaemon (>= 0.40)
policykit-1-gnome | policykit-1-kde
python-piston-mini-client (>= 0.1+bzr29)
oneconf (>= 0.2.6)
python-oneconf (>= 0.3) | oneconf (

This question is about why a piece of software is holding back Python 2 from autoremove and has nothing do to with installing software.

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    Possible duplicate of How do I install applications in Ubuntu? – N0rbert Nov 2 '18 at 9:08
  • @N0rbert could you explain how this is a duplicate of that? – Evan Carroll Nov 2 '18 at 13:40
  • It is duplicate because you are trying to find GUI software manager to install software and you have ended with software-center application. – N0rbert Nov 2 '18 at 13:49
  • No. I'm not. I was trying to remove Python 2. – Evan Carroll Nov 2 '18 at 13:50
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    It says any Python later than or equal to 2.7... are you sure it needs Python 2? – Zanna Nov 2 '18 at 18:20

Ubuntu dropped the software center in 16.04, and it's been unmaintained since 2015. In some versions, like Ubuntu it was replaced with gnome-software. However, in Xubuntu not requiring Gnome it simply removed the dependency on the software-center and left it hanging. Your distro probably has been distupgraded since pre-16.04.

Simply remove it yourself,

sudo apt-get --purge --yes remove software-center
sudo apt-get autoremove # remove all things it required.

Optionally, if you want a gui to install packages install software-center.

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