Next week the Ubuntu Store will be enabled by default in Ubuntu 23.10 

Ubuntu Store

The new Ubuntu Store joins the other app stores in Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur.

Last month we share here on the blog the news about the new app store for ubuntu, which Canonical had been working on for the past few months and which would be included in Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur builds.

And now the Canonical Developers, recently revealed that intend to use next week by default in the test versions of Ubuntu 23.10 the new application manager of Ubuntu Store.

This project is still under construction and right now our focus is on the main features. I am optimistic that by the 23.10 launch our new approach to ratings and debt support will have landed, as well as many more improvements.

The new “Ubuntu Store” provides a combined interface for working with DEB and Snap packages, since it allows you to search and browse the snapcraft.io package directory and connected DEB repositories, it allows you to manage the installation, removal and update of applications, install individual deb packages from local files.

The interface is built using responsive design methods (written in Dart using the Flutter framework) that allow elements to be optimally placed on both large monitors and smartphone screens. Dark theme is supported.

Application is highlighted by the use of a new rating system and focuses on core support for Snap packages, which are offered for installation first (if there is a program in the deb and snap packages, snap is selected by default). Unlike the old app manager, the Ubuntu Store does not use a five-point rating scale, but a like/dislike (+1/-1) voting format, whereby a virtual rating of five is displayed stars.

On the other hand, it is also mentioned that for now Ubuntu 24.04 LTS will keep the classic Ubuntu software application manager based on the "Gnome-Software" by default (Ubuntu software center will remain an option in Ubuntu 23.10).

Since with the default implementation of the new "Ubuntu Store", Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur will have three software stores, that is why they comment that:

Our intention is for LTS releases to stick with classic Ubuntu software for now. Discussions about retroportation may occur in the future, but that's for another day. The Flutter community store will remain accessible in the preview track. Once the Ubuntu store is ready, we will consider canceling the preview track. In the next week or so, the Ubuntu Store will be available by default in mantic.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that The developers also plan to change the name of the new Ubuntu Store in the future, which initially had the name "AppStore" in mind, which seems to have forgotten that it is a registered Apple trademark, since they also mention that the repository where they have the code must also be renamed .

Finally, as I mentioned at the beginning, the activation of the new Ubuntu Store will be next week, so in the next Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Daily Live that are released, I know this feature will already be available.

For those interested in being able to test the Daily Live image of Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur, they should know that they can obtain it from the following link

If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details in the following link

How to test the new Ubuntu store?

For those interested in being able to try the new application store on their system or on some derivative of Ubuntu. They should know that the installation process is extremely simple, but they should take into account that the app store is still under development so they may run into various problems.

If you are one of the adventurous who want to try the new store, you must open a terminal in your system and in it you are going to type the following command:

sudo snap refresh snap-store --channel=preview/edge

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