Lubuntu Software Center is a new project that aims to be a lightweight alternative to Ubuntu Software Center, for Lubuntu (Ubuntu based on LXDE).
The project is in its early development stages, but you can already browse various software categories, install or remove software or see detailed package information. To install some applications you must click the “Add to the Apps Basket” button and then head over to the App Basked where you must click the “Install” button.
Also, just like in Ubuntu Software Center, you can select to see all packages or only “real” applications. This can be done by clicking the “Preferences” button above the categories and selecting between “Beginner” or “Expert” modes. But, unlike USC, Lubuntu Software Center displays the dependencies that will be installed for your selected packages:
There are no fancy features in Lubuntu Software Center and everything is very basic for now – no ratings, comments, history and so on (although some of these might be implemented in future versions). But in the end, that’s the whole idea: create a lightweight, fast and simple software manager for Lubuntu. Although maybe Python isn’t the best way to achieve this.
Install Lubuntu Software Center
Lubuntu Software Center is available in the Lubuntu Desktop PPA so if you’re using Lubuntu 11.10, use the commands below to install it:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-desktop/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install lubuntu-software-center
Once installed, press ALT + F2 (or open a terminal) and type: “lubuntu-software-center”. If it doesn’t start (that was the case in my test), run the following command:
And remove the spaces in front of each line in the LSC.ini file.