• How to find good Ubuntu Apps
  • Posted on May 14, 2010

To begin with, I’m not a Pro user of Ubuntu, there is much I don’t know about and I might be wrong about some things. This post is not necessary for the expert and If I’m wrong about something or somebody has something to add to this, then I don’t mind. I am a Artist, so Painting Software is a part of this post.

Ubuntu Software Center is the main place to look for Apps in Ubuntu, but it ain’t as good as it could or should be. It lacks in it’s most important department and that is Apps.

That’s why I feel it’s a must to install third party software repositories to find and maintain Apps from many new and cool projects like Minitube, MyPaint, Nathive, Pinta, twitter Apps and so on. If you install third party repositories, the Software Center might still not be the best way of finding the new Apps.

Looking for Linux Apps on the Internet can be hard. If one wants to just find and install software for Ubuntu, .deb files are the ones to look for, not tar.gz files, .rpm and other. A .deb file of a program might be easy to install on Ubuntu, but unless the program is connected to a repository installed on the computer, it won’t get automatically updated when a new version is out. Some Apps are hard to find as official .deb packages from the developers, but some sources have some of them ready in .deb and repository.

GetDeb is a great source and homepage to find new and updated Apps. It has it’s own repository and is easy to navigate. A place I can recommend.

Ubuntu Tweak is a App to tweak Ubuntu with and it has it’s own Software Center and has a lot of third party repositories. But Ubuntu Tweak is a bit harder to understand and one should be careful with any change being done with it.

Pinta is a program based on how the Windows painting program Paint.net works. It’s as of writing in 0.3 version, that means it’s a early version and use it with caution. Pinta has it’s own repository here.

More ideas for good sources?