How To Install AppGrid 0.199 On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

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 0.199, which has been recently released:

  • fix (gi._glib.GError) drawthis occurs when a downloaded image has been corrupted in the details view (secondary occurance)
  • improve relevance of search results
  • makes database 33% smaller and db generation & querying slightly faster
  • fix regression in indexing license text (makes indexing 25% faster)
  • cache app.name whilst indexing
  • remove unused columns from db (icon_color, mimetypes)
  • remove ability to sort alphabetically (not as useful as might seem) using the search box is a more powerful approach
    saves 4mb db size and 0.4s+ indexing time
  • full db generation is now sufficiently fast that we only support full db generation and not partial generation
  • index rating rather than rating histogram
  • index rating and sort_rating on first iter rather than second
  • pre sort data such that entire database is ordered by rating makes indexing 0.7s+ faster and db queries faster too
  • only query app.state once on indexing – saves 0.1s+
  • actually advertise that we accept gzip encoded downloads.. this gives us 10x smaller review stats download – saves 0.4s+ on indexing
  • shuffle around db so that we query the fts table rather than normal table also shuffle around querying code to make it more efficient this speeds up indexing a little, reduces db size a little, faster queries
  • also trigger ftable.state update on state change
  • add apt-key for ppa, this now means that those who downloaded the deb file should get updates without the untrusted warnings
  • 0.199 causes the db to be 45% smaller than in 0.1.183 and the time to generate the db is 50% less than in 0.1.183 🙂

how to install App Grid 0.1.199 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, 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.

In this article I will show you how to install App Grid 0.1.199 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, 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.

Because it is available via PPA, installing App Grid 0.1.199 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems 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

Optional, to remove appgrid, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove appgrid

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