Are there any GUI alternatives to the Ubuntu Software Center with
- Fast application loading/Low startup time
- Fast search
- Low weight/size
- Application purchase facility
Yes, there is an alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center named
appgrid. It's a very lightweight application center for Ubuntu and it will let you purchase applications too. You can install it in Ubuntu with these following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install appgrid
It was only a 100KB download for me.
appgrid and Ubuntu Software Center:
Feature | appgrid | Ubuntu Software Center -------------------------------------------------------+----------+----------------------- Programming language | Python 3 | Python 2 Warm start to home screen | 2.7s | 20s Warm start to details screen (eg opening an apt: link) | 2.3s | 30s Full database build | 58s | 6min24 Initial database size | 36.7MB | 96.5MB Memory usage after startup to home screen | 20MB | 53.6MB Lines of code (including tests) | 5900 | 56960
You can sign in with Ubuntu One ID also:
You can use
synaptic , a front-end for
Yes. Try the Lubuntu Software Center. It is very fast and light-weight.
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-software-center
I noticed that deepin software-center is not on this list...
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/deepin-sc sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install deepin-software-center
You can try to familiarize yourself with the command lines: Searching:
apt-cache search wesnoth
This will often yield many results, so it is useful to pipe eg to less or to use grep to search further:
apt-cache search wesnoth |less
Search in all descriptions for FTP, show only the matches which have FTP in the package description
apt-cache search FTP |grep FTP |less
sudo apt-get install wesnoth
sudo apt-get remove wesnoth
There is Muon Software Center (
muon-installer), default Kubuntu software manager.
You can install it in Ubuntu, but it'll probably have a lot of Qt and KDE dependencies.
I recommend you
aptitude, it's similar to
apt-get but it has a very easy to use CLI.
You can always use
synaptic, it's fairly easy to use and very powerful.
sudo aptitude is my personal favorite, used in the command line, very quick response on my 500mhz command line system.
You can also do it without
sudo or root, but you can only view packages installed and search for packages.
If you just want to search for Ubuntu applications in the Ubuntu official repositories, you can browse the official "Apps" website: https://apps.ubuntu.com/
Here you can also quicly see screenshots and reviews for every app.
To install an app, you can just click the "Available in the Software Center" button in app detail page, using the "apt:" protocol.
Here you can find info about apt links:
Or you can just install the found package with
synaptic or directly with command line
sudo apt-get install <name>, as reported in other answers.
If you have enabled online search on Unity, your able to search for an app in the Unity App scope, under « More Suggestions ». Right click on the app and you'll see the description (aka Preview mode). And you've the ability to install the app from here, very quickly
You can use aptitude (if it counts). It should be pre-installed with your system but otherwise you can install it using apt-get :
apt-get install aptitude
And then it should be fine.
Note: I didn't do any research before writing this answer, so some parts can be wrong.
There is also
mintinstall, avaliable from the Linux Mint repos
gnome-packagekit as well. It is easy to install multiple apps at once with the checkboxes. If you have used
gnome-app-install (Add/Remove) on version prior to 9.10, it works it pretty much the same way.