It’s been a long time since Software Center of Ubuntu came to us but, if I have to be honest, it’s something I’ve never liked. With every installation of Ubuntu I’ve done, the first one I’ve installed has been the Synaptic package manager, the one I’ve always used since I started using the Canonical system in its sixth version. It seems that at Canonical they think like me and will eliminate the Software Center when Ubuntu 16.04 LTS be released publicly in April this year.
Still with plans to eliminate on the horizon, the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Software Center daily build has received one new update. Ubuntu Software Center version 16.01 has been the new and important update, a version that has seen the old gtk + -based user interface removed. In addition, “Ubuntu One” tokens are now used to authenticate with the server, the .desktop file has been removed to avoid unnecessary duplication, support has been added for Adwaite Dark Theme Variant, Extra support channels have been removed and the missing library has been added GLib, Among other news.
Ubuntu Software Center will be removed
Like me, developers have never liked the Ubuntu Software Center. In addition, Canonical has not offered much support, which has resulted in a slowness that users of Ubuntu-based operating systems are not used to experiencing. Its development has been virtually halted for years, as evidenced by the giant leap that has been made from version 13.10 to version 16.01.
The idea of Canonical, which I can’t (almost) agree with anymore, is to replace the Software Center with an Ubuntu-adapted version of GNOME Software, But this change will be made only from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the many positive changes that will come to the next version of Canonical operating system. I always end up saying the same thing, but I look forward to seeing what this version of Ubuntu is capable of when it stops being in beta. It will be worth it and, depending on your performance, could cause you to re-use the official version and not the Mate version. In less than four months we will know.