To summarize, AppCenter or whatever its name will be in the future, will definitely replace the popular Synaptic Package Manager, Update Manager, Add/Remove, GDebi and System Cleaner applications, in order to offer to the new or experienced Ubuntu users an easier and more intuitive way to install/update/remove software packages.
"AppCenter is the codename for a single graphical interface for package management in Ubuntu. (The final name will be dependent on user testing of which is most understandable.) This will combine the power of Synaptic, the human-readable approach of Add/Remove Programs, and the ease of use of Update Manager. Having a single interface will make handling software easier, socially improve security, hopefully free space on the CD, and provide a prominent showcase for Ubuntu and partner software. The implementation might be based on Add/Remove Programs, Synaptic, or packagekit-gnome, whichever allows for quickest development and best performance."
Ubuntu AppCenter mockup made by MadsRH - Image courtesy of Canonical
This said, let's have a quick look now at the AppCenter's abilities:
· search software
· search software sources
· retrieve information about software
· install software
· software overviews
· software screenshots
· user reviews
· user ratings
· user friendly
· Ubuntu upgrades
· Ubuntu updates
Once again, we remind everyone who's reading this that the above "features" of the AppCenter application are only an idea/design, and it may or may not become reality in the near future (I sure hope it will). Here's another mockup of AppCenter, showing the installed packages (maintained by Canonical)...
In conclusion, we think that AppCenter will definitely be a great tool for the future of the Ubuntu operating system, if it is developed. Having a single piece of software for all the package management tasks, and not four or five different applications, like we have now, is more than welcome and it will bring lots of new users to this open-source platform.
Ubuntu AppCenter mockup - Image courtesy of Canonical