Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Installing Software – Part 7

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

This series offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.

In this article we introduce various ways to install software using a graphical interface.

Software Updater

On a fresh installation of Ubuntu 21.04, the system prompts us to update. The updates are handled by Software Updater.

This program updates installed software and their associated packages with important software updates for security or with recommended patches. It also informs users when updates are available, listing them in alphabetical order for users to choose which updates to install.

Software Updater

Let’s go ahead with the update by clicking the Install Now button.

Software Updater - Installing

The image above shows the update in progress. If we click on the > Details we can see each package being prepared and installed.

Software Updater - Details

The Software Updater can update the operating system to new versions which are released every six months for standard releases or every two years for Long Term Support releases.

Page 2 – Ubuntu Software Application

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Software Updates
Page 2 – Ubuntu Software Application
Page 3 – Flatpak
Page 4 – AppImage

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
7Updating the system, install new software.
8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
11Getting help from your system.
12Learn all about the file system.
13Manipulating files from the shell.
14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
15Managing users on your system.
16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
17Gaming on Linux.
18Protect your privacy with this guide.
19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
22Extend your GNOME desktop with extensions and themes.
XUseful Linux commands.
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