Yesterday I upgraded Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 to 16.04 and got the GNOME Software which will be replacing Ubuntu Software Center.

However, most applications that would show up in the searches I did in USC wouldn't show up in GNOME Software.

In this


I search the word "steam" in both of them and you can see how most results don't show up in GNOME Software.

As I have upgraded my system, I have both software centers and I can gladly use USC, but if I do a clean install of 16.04 I shouldn't get USC anymore, so why GNOME Software doesn't show that programs and how can I make them show?

Thanks in advance!

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    You can still install USC (package software-center) after a new install if you want. I'm not sure if the selection in Ubuntu/Gnome Software will improve in the future and/or if you can make it show more applications.
    – JanC
    Apr 23, 2016 at 16:04
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    You're not alone, it is broken. It does not index all apps in repos, I think it is a known issue and will probably be fixed in the future. For now I would recommend synaptic or muon software center ... youtube.com/watch?v=X2Akih2pjLc
    – pst007x
    May 7, 2016 at 18:25
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    @pst007x is correct. I have happily ignored USC and the Gnome thing for years. synaptic runs fine. It is dependable clear, and benefits from a decade of experience. I don't see an app called "steam". If that's necessary, you are probably pulling packages from a repository I don't know of...
    – pauljohn32
    Dec 22, 2016 at 5:05
  • If anyone is interested - there is a discussion of community.ubuntu.com about software installation of the modern Ubuntu. Muon may be good alternative for Synaptic.
    – N0rbert
    Dec 9, 2017 at 21:13

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I do not know why gnome software does not show as many software however I do know that there is definitely no way to change the software it shows using the GUI if it can be done using the command line then I do not know how to do it

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