Introducing Lubuntu Software Center

The new software center for the Lubuntu 11.10 distro

The upcoming Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, due for release on October 13th, will introduce a new software center application.

The Lubuntu Software Center is, of course, a clone of the popular Ubuntu Software Center (the old version), but designed to be lightweight, for the Lubuntu 11.10 Linux distribution.

Lubuntu 11.04 users use Synaptic Package Manager to install or remove packages, but the next release, Lubuntu 11.10, will feature the lightweight Lubuntu Software Center to manage application on their computers.

At the moment, Lubuntu Software Center allows users to browse, install, remove and view detailed information about packages found in the software repositories. It allows access to the Software Sources tool and it features an App Basket function.

Lubuntu Software Center allows users to view applications by category and provides a quick search by name or description. Lubuntu Software Center also allows access to the applications from the Ubuntu Software Center.

We've took Lubuntu Software Center for a test drive and here's how it looks...

Lubuntu Software Center tested on Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1

Lubuntu Software Center preferences dialog

Lubuntu Software Center showing all apps

Quick search function in Lubuntu Software Center

Detailed application information on Lubuntu Software Center

How to install Lubuntu Software Center

If you want a taste of the new Lubuntu Software Center than you should know that it is available in the Lubuntu Desktop PPA for Lubuntu 11.10 and Lubuntu 11.04 users.

To install it, open a terminal window and type the following commands (one by one, hitting Enter after each one):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-desktop/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-software-center

When the installation is over, hit the ALT+F2 key combination and type lubuntu-software-center to start the application.

Remember that Lubuntu Software Center is a work in progress and you will encounter bugs. The final version of Lubuntu Software Center will be released with the Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, on October 13th, 2011.

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