Utilities apparently missing from Ubuntu15.10

Petter Adsen petter at synth.no
Sat Oct 31 07:53:24 UTC 2015

On Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:55:26 +0800
Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello.
> I have just installed UbuntuMATE 15.04 amd64 version, to replace
> Ubuntu.10.04 on a computer upon which I had been running Debian 6, so
> as to have the latest software, whilst retaining the interface.
> Having just got the UbuntuMATE 15.10 installation set up and running,
> I can not find the Software Centre utility, or Synaptic, for finding
> and adding available software.

Synaptic is not installed by default, you will need to install it
manually. Software Center is installed by default in standard Ubuntu,
but that doesn't seem to be the case for the MATE flavor. You should be
able to install it, though.

> Are these utilities still available?

Yes. Use 'sudo apt-get install synaptic' to install. (Exchange
'synaptic' for 'software-center' if you want that instead, but IMO
Synaptic is a much better program for installing packages).

> If so, why is the Software Centre not included in the installation iso CD image?

Lubuntu, for example, doesn't install Software Centre by default, I
would guess it uses something else - like Synaptic or install packages
manually. I assume this is also true for Ubuntu MATE, since
software-center is not a dependency of ubuntu-mate-desktop. It is only
a suggestion along with synaptic of mate-menu, which depends on

You could file a bug report against ubuntu-mate-desktop to see what the
developers have to say about it, there might be a reason for this or
it could just be an oversight.


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