i'd prefer not to see a large advertisement for "spotify" every time i open the software centre

is it possible to disable the "featured application" and "editor's picks"? A search online reveals nothing and i suspect then it's not possible

therefore, is it possible to search the software centre from the terminal? an online search for this question also revealed nothing

edit: I am using ubuntu 18.04

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    You've not provided any OS & release details; but the software centre from most releases handles both snap and deb packages, so requires two commands... ie. apt search to look for deb packages, and snap search to search or snap packages.. If you're using a flavor & using another store; you'll need more than just those commands as well (eg. Software Boutique searches outside of just those two)
    – guiverc
    Oct 23, 2021 at 13:49

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To search for software from the terminal:

  • See here on how to find packages available as .deb packages.
  • Use snap search <string> to search packages available in snap format.
  • excellent, thanks. I tried "snap search pycharm" as an example, it revealed what i needed
    – neverdimed
    Oct 23, 2021 at 13:53

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