So I installed Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 (which included GNOME 3.10) and noticed that GNOME Software Center isn't included and isn't available through the repositories. Then I tried installing Ubuntu 14.10 (which included GNOME 3.12 stack) and, you guessed it, no GNOME Software center. Only the Ubuntu Software center.

Any idea why the devs didn't include it even as an option? Isn't Ubuntu GNOME meant to be a vanilla-GNOME-type-of-distro?

  • Ubuntu has never been a vanilla-something distro. Not sure where you got the idea. – mikewhatever Oct 18 '14 at 9:11
  • Ubuntu-GNOME is meant to give a vanilla-GNOME stack with Ubuntu repositories. Adding GNOME Software is part of the choice here. "Ubuntu GNOME (formerly Ubuntu GNOME Remix) is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories." (wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME) – ushabtay Oct 18 '14 at 9:27
  • Key word being "mostly". Even the GNOME3 PPAs don't have the software centre, so why would the official repository have it? – muru Oct 22 '14 at 13:52

I would say it's because Ubuntu has it's own Software Center which is better then GNOME Software Center, in their opinion. Ubuntu GNOME FAQ says the following about it:

Why do you include Ubuntu Software Center instead of GNOME Software for installing software?

Ubuntu Software Center offers user ratings and reviews, screenshots, and better search. GNOME developers currently do not intend to support easy install of proprietary software like Steam or the Humble Indie Bundles.

Source: http://ubuntugnome.org/documentation/faq/

But I'm pretty sure there is a possibility to install it, even though I can't tell you how.

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    Mhm, that's a good question. Maybe there is a technical issue, because I didn't find an easy way to install it. I only found a build-it-from-source-answer on AskUbunut here – 0xAffe Oct 18 '14 at 9:57
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    I think that the technical reason for not adding it to the repos is the fact that also Debian is not using it and, instead, it is using USC. – dadexix86 Oct 22 '14 at 14:10
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    But then again there is the question why Debian is not using it, or doesn't provide it in the repositories. – 0xAffe Oct 22 '14 at 14:12
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    gnome-software depends on epiphany, so you might also quote from the faq directly above the one you cite. Although epiphany in available, if they can't keep it up to date or backport new version of gtk3 and webkit, then I suppose gnome-software could break down the road. – chaskes Oct 22 '14 at 16:08
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    I already linked this question – 0xAffe Oct 25 '14 at 6:51

Gnome SOftware Center will now be available on 16.04 release to replace the current software center. So probably you can install it now.


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