GNOME Software on Ubuntu 16.04

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Those who aren’t happy with Ubuntu Software Center have reasons to rejoice now. The Ubuntu team has decided in favour of ditching it for GNOME Software.

Though GNOME Software is not available on the Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (16.04) daily builds yet, you can install it from a testing PPA (this is under-development, you have been warned). Enable all repos from Software & Updates and run:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome-software
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install packagekit
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-software

This patched version can fetch app reviews and other information from Ubuntu app servers. To fetch, populate and update the appstream data app, run:

$ wget http://people.canonical.com/~laney/random-scripts/appstream.sh
$ chmod +x appstream.sh
$ sudo ./appstream.sh

Speaking of GNOME, here are some latest mockups from the app devs. These are not final and there is no deadline yet.

gnome-settings

GNOME Settings

wi-fi-settings

WiFi Settings

sound-settings

Sound Settings

display-settings

Display Settings

5 thoughts on “GNOME Software on Ubuntu 16.04”

  1. Tried this but unfortunately sudo ./appstream.sh comes up with
    Connecting to 162.213.34.169:80… failed: No route to host.

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers

    1. $ nslookup 162.213.34.169
      Server:		208.67.222.222
      Address:	208.67.222.222#53
      
      Non-authoritative answer:
      169.34.213.162.in-addr.arpa	name = 169.34.213.162.lcy-01.canonistack.canonical.com.

      However, pinging the server doesn’t work. Probably it’s temporarily down.

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