📅 December 23, 2016
Linux Mint is a superb operating system, but its default software manager is rather lacking. We can install a better software manager that looks sleeker and is easier to navigate than Linux Mint’s Software Manager.
This article shows how to install the gnome-software program, which is the same user-friendly software manager seen in Ubuntu and Xubuntu. Yes, we can use it in Linux Mint.
Which is Which?
“There are several software managers to choose from. Which one do I use?”
Open Synaptic and search for gnome-software. Finding the correct package might be tricky at first because there are different software managers available:
- mininstall – The default software manager for Linux Mint.
- software-center – The older Ubuntu-style software manager.
- ubuntu-software – Practically a duplicate of gnome-software
- gnome-software – The improved software manager
Did that help distinguish among the programs? Search for software in Synaptic to see more choices. The program we want is named gnome-software, but I also installed ubuntu-software. I could not see a difference between the two programs.
After installation, you are ready to use the new software manager. No text file configuration necessary.
Software’s location in the Mint menu can vary by distribution. For Linux Mint Cinnamon, go to Administration > Software to launch the program. For Linux Mint MATE, go to System Tools > Software.
Upon the initial load, you will be prompted to update. Go ahead and update.
Tired of the Linux Mint software manager? Software is a refreshing change. Best of all is that it installs in Linux Mint without any extra steps or hassles like the older Ubuntu Software Center.