Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of AppGrid, please access the appgrid tag and open the latest article (the one on top).
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 0.215, which has been released a while ago, coming with the below changes:
- add systemd unit
- override dh_installinit as we handle things manually
- unmask/enable/start/stop systemd service by hand in postinst,prerm we can’t use dh-systemd as it introduces dependencies which can’t be met in trusty (which we still support)
The main benefit of App Grid is that it performs its tasks faster that the Ubuntu Software Center, being good for lightweight Ubuntu derivatives, such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu.
Recently, the PPA has received packages for Ubuntu 14.10, until now App Grid 0.215 being available only for Ubuntu Vivid.
In this article I will show you how to install App Grid 0.215 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet and Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.
Because it is available via PPA, installing App Grid 0.215 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10 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