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Found a nifty GUI package installer that also has plugins for Flatpack and Snap.
Description: Software Center for GNOME
Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions.
Software uses a plugin architecture to separate the frontend from the
technologies that are used underneath. Currently, a PackageKit plugin provides
data from a number of traditional packaging systems, such as rpm or apt. An
appdata plugin provides additional metadata from locally installed data in the
appdata format.
It doesn't pull in many depends when installed;
Installed-Size: 6,768 kB
Depends: appstream, apt-config-icons, gnome-software-common (= 3.38.1-1), gsettings-desktop-schemas (>= 3.18), libgtk3-perl, packagekit (>= 1.1.11), software-properties-gtk, dconf-gsettings-backend | gsettings-backend, libappstream-glib8 (>= 0.7.18), libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.12.4), libc6 (>= 2.29), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libfwupd2 (>= 1.4.5), libgdk-pixbuf-2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.61.2), libgspell-1-2 (>= 1.8.2), libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.22.29), libgudev-1.0-0 (>= 146), libjson-glib-1.0-0 (>= 1.5.2), libmalcontent-0-0 (>= 0.6.0), libpackagekit-glib2-18 (>= 1.1.0), libpolkit-gobject-1-0 (>= 0.99), libsoup2.4-1 (>= 2.52.0), libxmlb1 (>= 0.1.7)
Recommends: fwupd
Suggests: apt-config-icons-hidpi, gnome-software-plugin-flatpak, gnome-software-plugin-snap
It doesn't show every available package like Synaptic or Add/Remove does, but ti does break everything into Categories. It is not quite as polished as KDE's Discover, but it is an interesting way to find things. Curious if anyone uses Gnome-Software and what their opinion of it might be.



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I believe that's now the default in Ubuntu, with the Snaps enabled. I don't think Flatpak is enabled by default - but I'd have to check. I'm woefully behind in GUI installation methods. The closest I come to a GUI installation is GDebi and I actually seldom bother with that. I just use 'sudo apt install ./<file>.deb' and call it good.


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I am using Ubuntu 20.04. Yes, it is enabled by default on Ubuntu and Mint. For other Ubuntu derivatives, if this feature doesn't available, it can be installed with this command.
sudo apt install gnome-software

It can also be installed on Debian-based distros, I tried that on Kali.
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If it doesn't have Flatpaks you need to install:
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak
For Snaps you need:
sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-snap
Not a big fan of Snaps, but I do have a few flatpacks installed; a couple have appimages and Freetube does have a .deb . But having them as flatpacks they get updated without me having to chase down the new version.

Name                                            Application ID                                Version              Branch          Origin                               Installation
Flatseal                                        com.github.tchx84.Flatseal                    1.7.3                stable          flathub                              system
FreeTube                                        io.freetubeapp.FreeTube                       0.13.1 Beta          stable          flathub                              system
LibreWolf                                       io.gitlab.librewolf-community                 88.0.1-1             master          librewolf-community1-origin          system
Freedesktop Platform                            org.freedesktop.Platform                      20.08.13             20.08           flathub                              system
Mesa                                            org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default           21.1.1               20.08           flathub                              system
Getting Things GNOME!                           org.gnome.GTG                                 0.5                  stable          flathub                              system
GNOME Application Platform version 40           org.gnome.Platform                                                 40              flathub                              system
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