Ubuntu Software Centre updates for 10.04
In Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - Lucid Lynx - due for release in April 2010, the Ubuntu Software Centre moves to version 1.1 and gains at least two new choices – Featured and System Packages. Ubuntu introduced the Software Centre (currently at version 1.0.3) with Ubuntu 9.10 'Karmic Koala', released in October 2009, to provide a simple method for managing applications and utilities on the desktop.
The new Featured option presents a selection of highly recommend applications that there is no longer space for on the installation disc. The recently relegated GIMP being perhaps the most noteable. System Packages provides access to the various desktop and operating system packages.
Any desktop requires good organisation and in the early days one of the failings of Linux desktop managers, especially when compared to Windows was the chaotic state of the desktop application and tool menus, which were difficult to navigate. The methods for installing new software also left a lot to be desired. Ubuntu's Software Centre is easy to find at the bottom of the top left Applications menu. It provides a simple way to install new software with a minimum of effort and ensures that software appears as a desktop menu choice following installation.
There is a roadmap for the Software Centre extending as far as version three on the Ubuntu Wiki. Users can upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 to the latest version of 10.04 (currently alpha 2) on a desktop system by pressing Alt+F2 and typing in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box. Alpha releases are not recommended for production systems or systems with essential data.
- Awesome Ubuntu Software Center Updates, a blog post by Jono Bacon, Canonical Ubuntu Community Manager .