Software installation on modern Ubuntu

Nrbrtx nrbrtx at
Sat Aug 26 16:16:17 UTC 2017

IMHO gnome-software is too simplified and stupid as all modern GNOME.
No options (except of shortcut to software-properties-gtk), no advanced
I will not use it. 63% of 88 reviews are negative.

> It has exactly the same set of s/w available as Synaptic does.
Let's assume that we need to install libgtk2.0-dev from gnome-software.
How to do it? Simple search of libgtk2.0-dev produces no results (note:
software-center finds and installs this package). Any other ideas?
gnome-software is a toy for installing nice games and GUI applications.

I prefer to use MATE DE with Synaptic (which is powerful, but buggy now) or
maybe Muon (from KDE, does not really matter if it works stable).

On Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 6:48 PM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:

> On 24 August 2017 at 01:33, Nrbrtx <nrbrtx at> wrote:
> > Dear Ubuntu developers!
> >
> > I'm using Debian since 3.1 and using Ubuntu since 6.06.
> > So let me write about installing programs.
> >
> > As far I can understand here were two methods of software installation:
> > 1. apt (apt-get), dpkg, aptitude - for advanced users
> > 2. synaptic and Ubuntu software-center - for newbies.
> >
> > Nowadays gnome-software and mate-welcome were added to the newbies' list.
> > But they have very small lists of software.
> > Ubuntu software-center was great, but its development was dropped.
> Ubuntu software has been replaced by gnome-software. It has exactly
> the same set of s/w available as Synaptic does.
> Colin
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