“What?????” people scream.
“Serious.” I say back, nodding.
Yes the Ubuntu Software Centre is my 6th favourite application of the year!
It was one of the Karmic Koalas’ big selling points – an easier more efficient way to find and install applications and it certainly did what it set out to do in Karmic – making a saner, calmer, easier to naviagate “add/remove” replacement.
By Ubuntu 11.04 it will have replaced pretty much ever software installation method – from Synaptic to Gdebi.
The mock-up (subject to change) paints it like so: –
In the mean time we’ll be getting iteration two in Lucid Lynx, bringing with it: –
- Non-Application package management presented in an “understandable way”
- Subcategories for applications
- Non-Application packages such as fonts, screensavers, etc
- Review and rating system
- Apt-URL launches Software Centre on appropriate screen
- Instructions on where to find the launcher for your newly installed apps
It may not be the fabled one-stop-shop just yet, but for taking its first tentative steps on the road of redefining software installation, the USC gets a pat on the back from us.