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Most of the time I come up with a problem, eg "how do I draw a picture in ubuntu?" and then after some googling I come up with a solution eg "get gimp installed" But what if I'm not looking for anything in particular? I just want to browse randomly. I know of the software center, but maybe I'm not using it correctly. Is there a way to make IT display a simple list of every possible app? Is there some web page with them all on it?

  • Good question! Will be valuable to a lot of beginning users! ;-) (Upvoted!) – Fabby May 8 '15 at 16:22
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The apps website will show you everything Ubuntu Software Center has with the same categories. All of the below options will generally show you the same results with a 1 line description. You will have a better search if you first decide what category you search fits into though.

From USC ...

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Accesories:

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The 1 line description often is enough to get a basic idea of what the software is about.

And from the apps website:

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You can also install the old synaptic (that was software we used to use before USC) with

sudo apt-get install synaptic

The "all" option will list everything, even software that is not in itself is useable on the desktop (like command line utilities or tools software depends on).

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And we also have a website you can search packages.ubuntu.com for every available release:

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From all of these I do believe the Ubuntu Software Center is the best option if you have your system at hand. If you do not (because you are working on a Windows machine the apps website is a good 2nd option. The synaptic and the packages website method tend to show alot of packages that have no purpose themself but are there to support desktop/server software.

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    As usual: good one! ;-) – Fabby May 8 '15 at 16:18

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