How to install Ubuntu Software Center on Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 Zasty Zepus (NOTE: Different from Ubuntu Software)?

As we know, Ubuntu GNOME comes with GNOME Software by default. However, I'd need the old Ubuntu Software Center for the sake of few packages that can be found there. I already tried to search through Synaptic Package Manager, but with no luck. I also tried to run sudo apt-get install software-center, but it resulted into the following:

Package software-center 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 source

E: Package 'software-center' has no installation candidate

What I am particularly looking for, is GStreamer plugins for mms, wavpack, quicktime, musepack (thorugh Ubuntu Software Center).


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    Surely it's easier just to install those old packages through the terminal? – Tim May 18 '17 at 20:45
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    @Tim Can you help me with the command lines to run? :-P – Jayaguru-Shishya May 19 '17 at 7:29
  • Well if you want to install (say) chromium, you use sudo apt-get install chromium. What do you want to install? – Tim May 19 '17 at 7:31
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    Ubuntu software center is deprecated in favor of gnome software. What particular feature you need in that software which isn't in gnome-software? – Anwar May 19 '17 at 13:13
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    @Anwar Packages that cannot be found from GNOME Software. More specifically, I need to install GStreamer plugins for mms, wavpack, quicktime, musepack (thorugh Ubuntu Software Center) – Jayaguru-Shishya May 20 '17 at 9:16

"software-center": The new package name is gnome-software http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?suite=default&section=all&arch=any&keywords=software&searchon=names

The old software-center http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/s/software-center/ ... The source packages, version software-center_1.0.2.tar.gz ... to software-center_13.10.orig.tar.gz ( Patches for the latest version : software-center_13.10-0ubuntu4.1.debian.tar.gz )

  • Well that is a partial answer. If you look at the list you will see that package the op is requesting is indeed called "software-center" . As of 17.04, however, software center is no longer available / maintained and ubuntu shifted to gnome-software. The only option to install would, IMO, be to install software-center from source, however I have no idea if it will work in 17.04 – Panther May 18 '17 at 21:03
  • @KnudLarsen Exactly as @bodhi.zazen put it. I am looking for Ubuntu Software Center, the one before Ubuntu moved to GNOME Software (in Unity desktop known as Ubuntu Software). @bodhi.zazen Can you please advise me how to install from source? I am ready to give a shot at least, even though it wasn't guaranteed that it will work. Thanks! – Jayaguru-Shishya May 19 '17 at 7:10
  • The old software-center : See my edited answer. – Knud Larsen May 19 '17 at 13:11
  • @KnudLarsen Thanks! May I ask, which one of the three is to install the latest (though now unmaintained) Ubuntu Software Center? – Jayaguru-Shishya May 19 '17 at 17:58
  • »» which one of the three is to install «« : I can't answer that. I use synaptic only. Always has. Is reliable, and shows all ~40,000 packages. – Knud Larsen May 20 '17 at 22:44

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