I just installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 11.10. How to open the Synaptic Package Manager?

  • I tried sudo apt-get install synaptic and I get this: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package synaptic is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another sourceE: Package 'synaptic' has no installation candidate What should I do?
    – user139514
    Mar 11 '13 at 21:01

You need to install Synaptic first. You can do that by clicking here: Synaptic

or by typing

sudo apt-get install synaptic

in a terminal. (In order to open the terminal press: CTRL + ALT + T)

After this you just need to hit the Super key (or Windows) and type Synaptic and hit enter (to actually open the package manager).

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    In case anybody's wondering, this is necessary because Synaptic is no longer installed in Ubuntu by default, starting with 11.10. Oct 21 '11 at 3:13
  • BTW, lot of programs required for non-cli folks are missing. I was not able to add a user in a group from UI, the screen saver and the power settings are missing. Not all applications were shown in the 'startup-applications', I had to manually tweak /etc/xdg/autostart. Ubuntu was supposed to be for Linux beginers, I think it's getting away from it. FYI, I had been using Ubuntu for more than 5 years and this is the first release I didn't like. There will be more Q likes these :( OMG Ubuntu !!! Oct 21 '11 at 4:47
  • @Praveen It sounds like your upgrade is incomplete, you should post that as a new question. Oct 21 '11 at 12:05
  • @Jorge - I did a complete fresh install and all the problems which I mentioned exist and I did find solutions for the same. Oct 22 '11 at 4:24

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