The default app store for Ubuntu, Ubuntu Software Center is a nice yet extremely slow and resource heavy application. For me, Ubuntu Software Centre is among the few things I hate in Ubuntu. For sometimes now, I was feeling the need of a lighter version of Ubuntu Software Centre. And it seems like I was not the only one to think like that.
The first version of App Grid, a new lighter alternative of Ubuntu Software Center has been released. As the name suggests, it shows the apps (from the sources already added in the system) in a grid view.
Despite of being lighter, it is a full fledged app store and has almost all the capabilities of Ubuntu Software Center. You can search for apps, sort them in category, install, update and remove the existing apps. When you click on an app, you can see the screenshots, read description and read the review. It also has an option to log in with Ubuntu One account so that you can rate and review the apps. Here is a screenshot of the App Grid interface:
You might have noticed that some apps have green circles in the middle. It indicates that these apps are already installed on the system.
Features of App Grid:
Here are some main features of App Grid:
- Much lighter than default Ubuntu Software Center
- Discover new apps, view screenshots, read description and review
- Search, filter and sort for the apps
- Install new apps
- Update or remove existing apps
- Easily see what programs have been installed on the system
- Sign in with Ubuntu One account to access your purchases
- Rate a program and write review with Ubuntu One account
Install App Grid in Ubuntu 13.04:
At present, App Grid is
only available for Ubuntu 13.04 now available for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10. To install App Grid in Ubuntu 13.04, use the following commands in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install appgrid
Is App Grid really an alternative to Ubuntu Software Center?
Despite of being the first stable release, App Grid is surprisingly nice. With almost all the features of Ubuntu Software Center, its USP is its lightweight. Though it’s not FOSS, with the support of Ubuntu One sign, it truly deserves to be called the worthy alternative of Ubuntu Software Center. What you think?