Synaptic is a front-end for the apt package management system. The program allows you to perform all actions of the command line tool apt-get in a graphical environment such as installing, upgrading, downgrading and removing of single packages or even upgrading your whole system. The upcoming Ubuntu Linux version 11.10 (code named Oneiric Ocelot) has removed Synaptic Package Manager.
To be frank, I never used Synaptic or so called the Software Center. I use apt-get all the time to install, remove, and update the system or apt-cache to search required packages. Synaptic is fine tool and I'm not sure why Canonical decided to remove the same. Canonical is making lots of new decisions and no one in the enterprise environment like new changes.
How Do I Install Synaptic?
Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type:
$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
What do you think of Canonical's new decision? Would you switch to stable desktop system such as RHEL 6 or Debian 6?
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