Linux for Starters

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

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