Ubuntu 9.10 Software Center: For better or worse

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One of the new features in Ubuntu 9.10 is the Ubuntu Software Center. In a rather bold move Canonical has migrated away from the standard Add/Remove Software tool and (in the future) plans to drop Synaptic and Gdebi as well. Is this a move just for “moves” sake? I don’t think so, but much of the general public does. Just what is causing these disparate opinions? From my vantage point is a lack of knowledge. Why do I say that? Well, let’s take a look at the road map of the Ubuntu Software Center first.

Currently the Ubuntu Software Center is at Version 1. The planned features of Version 1 are:

* The ability to Install open source/free software (Version 1).
* Replace Add/Remove Software utility

Seems like a fairly ubiquitous feature set. And, let’s face it, the Add/Remove Software utility wasn’t anything really special. Now let’s take a look at the plans for Version 2.

* Rate and review software (Version 2).
* Replace Synaptic and Gdebi (Version 2).

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