If you use Ubuntu you might be using the Software Center to install .deb executable files.
Ubuntu Software Center is known for eating resource. It is heavy, takes ages to load and makes your system crawl. It may be good for finding application but it certainly is not worth using just for installing a .deb file. Once upon a time, Ubuntu used archive manager for installing .deb files but with time it changed and now Software Center is the default application for installing DEB files.
Now, if you are just trying to install a .deb file in Ubuntu, I would not recommend using the Software Center. It’s overkill and waste of resources.
I recommend using GDebi, a dedicated program for installing Debian executable files. It is extremely lightweight and focused on installing .deb files.
The best thing about GDebi is that it also shows the dependencies that will be installed along with the desired program. The default Software Center is not very good at handling dependencies with the DEB packages.
In this post, we shall see how to install GDebi and use it as the default installer instead of the
Install GDebi in Ubuntu
Open a terminal and use the following command:
sudo apt install gdebi
Make GDebi default for .deb installation
Once you have installed GDebi, it’s time to see how to make it the default application for installing .deb files. Please note that I am using Elementary OS Freya in this tutorial but the steps are applicable to all Ubuntu based distribution. Just the screenshots may look different.
Download a .deb file first. Let’s say you have downloaded Google Chrome. Go to the download directory and right click on the .deb file. In here, go to properties.
In the properties, you should see the option of open with. Click on it and change it to GDebi.
Next time you double click on a .deb file, it will automatically open GDebi to install the .deb file. Indeed using such light applications is a good way to speed up Ubuntu or other Linux systems.
What do you say? You still prefer Ubuntu Software Center for application installation or GDebi? Or if you are old school, Synaptic Package Manager perhaps? Which one is your favorite?