How To Install App Grid 0.1.145 On Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, App Grid is a lightweight, closed source alternative for the Ubuntu Software Center. It has a modern and intuitive graphical user interface, offering a grid view of the installable applications, including screenshots and ratings.

The latest version available is App Grid 0.1.145, which has support for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. A list of changes is available below:

  • add support for utopic
  • remove support for precise (ie no more python2) (trusty is a newer LTS)
  • remove support for raring, quantal, saucy (EOL)
  • no longer wrap appgrid in bash script
  • fix for stricter pep8 and pyflakes
  • remove singletons.p
  • unify package metadata & update footer
  • update pot file
  • fix spelling mistake in nl.po
  • hallo Deutschland
  • no more gridded backgrounds
  • cleaner tiles on home screen
  • fix issue with duplicated apps in search results on second/third page
  • improved paging buttons on home screen
  • add support for paged scrolling through home screen
  • nicer alignments/spacing for home screen
  • modify alignments of details screen to better fit with home screen
  • rework (nearly everything in) the reviews screen
  • change gallery screen
  • only show support link if defined (ie don’t fallback to askubuntu)
  • don’t use Loading() in addons.py – causes many redraws
  • rewrite details view (nicer, faster, lighter, etc)
  • delete gallery view (now integrated in details)
  • delete reviews view (now integrated in details)
  • revamp home screen
  • delete pickers widget (no longer used in home screen)
  • use a more modern approach for trying to bring bug reports to lp:appgrid
  • unified deb – one package for trusty, utopic
  • set larger minimal window size
  • zoomed images should also use previous and next both on the right
  • decrease chance of running out of apps on the home screen
  • consistently use dotted smiles
  • implement smile menu
  • update pot file
  • update dutch translation
  • pyflakes / pep8
  • THIS IS A PREVIEW UPLOAD ONLY INTENDED FOR UTOPIC – DO NOT USE ON TRUSTY

How To Install App Grid 0.1.145 On Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

In this article I will show you how to install App Grid 0.1.145 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, but it can be installed also on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems: Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04 and Linux Lite 2.0, but it is not recommended.

For Ubuntu 14.10, App Grid 0.1.145 is available via PPA, so installing it is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the appgrid package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install appgrid

While App Grid 0.1.45 has been created for Ubuntu 14.10, it can be installed on Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems. To do that, download the deb package from launchpad and install it via command-line. I prefer gdebi over dpkg, due to the fact that it also handles dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget ppa.launchpad.net/appgrid/stable/ubuntu/pool/main/a/appgrid/appgrid_0.1.145_all.deb
$ sudo gdebi appgrid_0.1.145_all.deb

Optional, to remove appgrid, on Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove appgrid

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