These are not good times for the Ubuntu Software Center. We first found out through Phoronix that Ubuntu MAT has stopped using USC, And as we could read on Softpedia the developers of this program would be willing to cede the exclusivity of the Ubuntu Software Center in favor of GNOME Software.
However and as pointed out in MuyLinux, The Ubuntu Software Center it is slow, heavy, and has an outdated interface. For the user who has just arrived in Ubuntu is very good: It does its job, is there and allows you to visually access the programs you want to install on your computer.
Now, not everything that shines is gold: In the Ubuntu Software Center many repositories are missing that the user manually add -something that is common to other stores software Ubuntu-, there are programs that are outdated and will not be updated soon and, in general, the user experience is lousy. It is a very slow and heavy tool, and anyone who has had to use it on a computer with more or less fair performance knows it.
For advanced users there is the option to use the always reliable Synaptic, But not everyone knows what packages to look for by name. Unlike the Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic is not for everyone. What would be the logical choice? can you to Install Muon Discover |, For example, and with it a lot of Qt libraries, but still Muon can’t find packages that the Software Center does – or so it was in older versions of Kubuntu, I may be wrong.
AppGrid: The best alternative?
It’s been a long time since the Ubuntu Software Center disappear from my computer, Perhaps not to return. It must be acknowledged that at least it leads this way. For several versions I have been using AppGrid when I want to install one app graphically, while it is true that in most cases use PPAs.
Why do I prefer AppGrid over the Ubuntu Software Center? First of all, because it is fast and light. It doesn’t take me an eternity to open it from the laptop I use to work and I can search for a program without risking AppGrid to hang. It has the advantage of replicate the Software Center repositories, So what you can find in one place you will have in another.
Second, I prefer AppGrid to the Ubuntu Software Center to have one more streamlined interface in my opinion, where it is easier to find what you are looking for and interact with other users when it comes to leaving impressions on different programs.
Still, AppGrid nor is it saved from the evil of outdated packages suffering from the Ubuntu Software Center. To give an example, the only way I have found to have the Ardor digital audio station in its latest versions has been to install Ubuntu Studio. Both have put the batteries in place when upgrading packages, Especially in the name of convergence, which gives us footing for the next point of this article.
What should Canonical do with the Ubuntu Software Center?
It is said that in Canonical is looking for convergence between devices as they have achieved in Microsoft with Windows 10, which we discussed yesterday in our article comparing Windows 10 and Ubuntu. Ubuntu is looking for a single core for all devices in 2016 and there is talk that the Ubuntu Touch app store will be the one that will replace the Software Center as a solution for finding and installing programs.
This idea is not entirely unreasonable. Let’s not forget that with an Ubuntu Touch phone you carry a perfectly functional Ubuntu in your pocket, Which implies that you can even add PPAs or use the terminal to perform administrative tasks on the terminal. However, the opportunity for Ubuntu convergence came with Ubuntu One and they missed the train when they eliminated service, Which has meant that Microsoft has won the game with onedrive and Windows 10, although this is another debate.
If Canonical are really betting on convergence, then the Ubuntu Touch app store you must replace the Ubuntu Software Center. It is the most logical, because perhaps then we would have a balanced operating system that on the one hand has its local applications for life, and on the other hand has webapps like the Ubuntu Touch ones you can take advantage of. And since Canonical are focusing their efforts on Ubuntu Touch we might eliminate some of the evil from outdated packages.
Either way, there is no doubt about it the Ubuntu Software Center is no longer so relevant. Many users rule it out and recommend not using it, and Canonical right now has its sights set elsewhere. Maybe it’s time to renew or die, and maybe adopting one Unique app store for all your devices be the best way to solve this problem.
What do you think? Leave us a comment with your impressions.