[xubuntu-users] Question about the Software Center in 14.04

Fred Roller fredroller66 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 18 05:49:25 UTC 2014

On 02/17/2014 04:15 PM, Benjamin Shadwick wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie 
> <mailto:peter at silmaril.ie>> wrote:
>     I also do not understand any problem with Synaptic. I use apt-get for
>     single installs or non-repo packages, but Synaptic wins with the
>     ability
>     to select multiple packages and have them installed together, and
>     with a
>     much easier interface than Software Center.
My preference is for CLI as well but for the folks I introduce to Linux 
via Xubuntu the Software Center is a key comfort point. "You mean just 
click and it installs?" type reaction is not uncommon and very helpful. 
Later they start learning the more advanced options like ppd and CLI and 
work in conjunction with the Software Center.
> I feel the same way.
>     The BIG missing feature in all package managers is the inability
>     to list
>     all packages which you have added/deleted since system installation
>     which were NOT part of the system installation.
This may prove helpful, especially towards the end when the discussion 
turn to syncing with Ubuntu One:


I personally have a hand full of packages which are familiar and don't 
take incredibly long to re-enter by hand.  Complete rebuild with all the 
mods is usually about an hour or so including the re-mapping of data 
paths for said programs.  At one point I wrote a script as well but 
found the subtle changes in distribution tended to make things not quite 
A simple text file with my favs listed and then sudo apt-get [copy/paste 
file] and I am done.

FWIW my 2ยข
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