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Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 20:35

Do you know that on Focal Fossa today the software center is switched to Snap instead of the traditional Deb we normally used? Do you notice the difference? If you dislike Snap, you can turn back Ubuntu 20.04 free from Snaps and switch the software center into the original one we used on previous releases.

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About Snap

In the diverse GNU/Linux world, Snap is new technology from Ubuntu to deliver software and automate security updates universally to multiple distros. With Snap, one software can be downloaded and got automatically updated by diverse users which before this was impossible. We use it as alternative way to install software aside from the one, APT, we used for years. Snap eases everyone in same way APK eases Android users and developers, that is, everything is bundled inside one file per application. Learn more about Snap in Ubuntu Explanation, Wikipedia, and UbuntuBuzz. In 20.04, Snap becomes the default underlying method replacing the standard Deb in the Software Center and this makes some users uneasy they wish to get back the previous one.

1. Checking

You can see for sure your software center now is not your usual software center. It has been changed from ubuntu-software package into snap-store package, they are not the same thing. Check that by pressing TAB twice after typing on terminal snap:
snap                                   snap-store
snapctl                                snap-store.ubuntu-software
snapfuse                               snap-store.ubuntu-software-local-file
Make sure that packagekit service is enabled and started:
$ sudo systemctl enable --now packagekit
$ sudo systemctl start --now packagekit

2. Remove Snap Store

Invoke the command line:
$ sudo apt-get remove snap-store

2. Install Software Center

Invoke the command line:
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-software 
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-software-flatpak-plugin #if you want Flatpak support
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-software-snap-plugin #if you want Snap support

3. Get Applications

Now you can browse Software Center like what we experienced before 20.04. Enjoy!

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