is a utility for software installation and updates on computers running Linux.
It is the GNOME front-end to the PackageKit daemon, which itself is a front-end to several package management systems. These include systems based on both RPM and DEB. It is written in C, and was introduced in GNOME 3.10.
The program can be used to add and manage repositories as well as Ubuntu Personal Package Archives (PPA). This is according to their wikipedia page and there is no such option available yet. Ubuntu replaced its previous Ubuntu Software Center program with GNOME Software starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, re-branded as “Ubuntu software”. It also supports fwupd for servicing of system firmware.
GNOME Software uses AppStream , is an agreement between major Linux vendors (i.e. Red Hat, Canonical, SUSE, Debian, Mandriva, etc.) to create an infrastructure for application installers on Linux and sharing of metadata of application.
|Initial release||September 25, 2013|
|Stable release||3.20.2 (May 10, 2016|
So the program is a 2 year old project by GNOME , wow what a rate of development LMAO .
Here is the list of features that Gnome Softwares a two year old application store project lacks :-
- It is fast to start they say – yes it is , but you need to know how ? here the answer – It runs in background with all its daemons an ideal process takes 100+ Mb of ram . So people are fool GNOME ??
- Searching applications takes a lot of time , sometime it become unresponsive , i was searching hexchat in store and my friend was sitting beside me , he started laughing at its loading symbol 😀 . Then finally i installed hexchat from terminal. Its is really slow in searching applications.
- It shows no screen-shots of applications. First time when i opened it it was showing screenshots of some applications and now this feature is gone i guess 😀 .
- There is no way to cancel installation of application which are installing ,once they are started you cant stop them from installing , i.e, no cancel button is there.
- You cant install a .deb package using it ! Really ?? a two year old application store on development and it will not allow you install applications ?? Whats the use then ?? I mean How on earth could this get past bug testing? The app that is supposed to install apps can’t install apps? Did they forget to test it for bugs? This is resolved now in new version. this show how lazy developers are and how seriously they taking these projects. well its all free we are not paying anything 😀 expect bugs LOL.
- Same with the update Management which comes in built in this store , I was just checking if it works or not , i hit install update button and it started downloading updates without asking what it will download, and i cant cancel it once i click install ! No progress bar nothing , they are showing progress inside a button which is used to click to install updates . Fuck the UI .No percentage nothing . only that idiot progress bar below that button .
- Basic GUI like a 1995 windows application 😀 yeah the software center which Ubuntu 16.04 comes with looks like a program which was coded by a 15 year old kid . see in image
- No , way to get new applications into this for now . i mean if they will not publish any updated version of this store which allow list applications from deb store of ubuntu.developer.com it will have to install remove and play with these limited applications from gnome and ubuntu default repositories.
- It don’t list all packages which you can see using technical items entry in Previous Ubuntu Software center .
- It will not update the count the total size of Applications with its dependencies .
- It will not warn you that it will install some other applications dependencies .
- It was not showing application size when it installed Ubuntu 16.04 , This feature was implemented in later version of the app. idk what the hack they were doing with it since 2 years.
Why is the Ubuntu Software Center being replaced by GNOME Software?
The decisions were taken at a recent desktop Sprint held at Canonical HQ in London.
“We are more confident in our ability to add support for Snaps to GNOME Software Centre (sic) than we are to Ubuntu Software Centre. And so, right now, it looks like we will be replacing [the USC] with GNOME Software Centre”, explains Ubuntu desktop manager Will Cooke at the Ubuntu Online Summit.
This isn’t huge news if you’ve been keeping track of the increasing deterioration of the Ubuntu Software Center. This summer, I chronicled how Canonical was slowly letting the Ubuntu Software Center wither and die. The paid “app store” side of it was axed with no warning to developers. Ubuntu MATE 15.10 already dropped the Software Center for something better.
The Software Center was great when it was released, offering a more user-friendly “app store”-like interface for installing Linux software. But it has stagnated and is rather slow. Other applications—particularly GNOME’s Software app—have caught up. Ubuntu’s developers haven’t really been working much on the Ubuntu Software Center, after all. They’ve been working on the next-generation app store for Unity 8, which works on Ubuntu for phones and will eventually arrive on the desktop with the converged Unity 8 desktop
Ubuntu is playing with its users !
Because GNOME Software hasn’t even been released stably yet… So why should they rush it in to replace the Ubuntu Software Center which has been going stably for such a long time?