ubuntu software center will not work

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Hello. New to most things linux.
i went to the "ubuntu software button" and clicked on it. (from the desktop)
I have most recent Ubuntu on my laptop. .
i press "intstalled" and nothing happens; \
i press "updates", and the wheel spins for a long long long time with no opening or resolution;
i press "software search" and it has a bunch of empty boxes where i should see software icons.

what do i do please to get this up and running again.
thank you
simple
 


Try rebooting....always a good first step
 
Then run the following command in the terminal and share the output:

Code:
sudo apt update

If it looks like it will let you, you can then run:

Code:
sudo apt upgrade -y

It'll ask for your password. Go ahead and type it in. Nothing will show up on the screen while you're typing your password. That's normal and expected, but the computer is really accepting inputs at the time.
 
Thank you.
entered commands
taking a while
I think it just finished
nope still going..
how will I know when it is finished?
ohhhh. Says 'done' yay. Linux is quite magical for us newcomers( well, me anyway)
many thanks!
yes thank you again!
 
how long since the pc was updated ?

What is showing on the screen, right now?
 
Whoops. After all that, I guess I had better shut down and reboot. The Ubuntu software opens up to a blank page again.
 
here's hoping !!

How long has Ubuntu been installed ?....is this a fairly fresh install ?
 
I just shut down. Opening again. when I click on software 'installed' it shows nothing.( spinning wheel)

what I most wanted was to learn how to keep everything on this new Linux laptop up to date. I wanted to update my installed software and also my Ubuntu

may I ask for help on that. .
 
How long has Ubuntu been installed ?....is this a fairly fresh install ?
Also, has there been this type of weird behaviour since you installed it.

My point is this. if the ubuntu has been 'misbehaving' since you installed it.......I would reinstall it.

But....if it has behaved nicely since your initial install, then we can give advice on how to "update my installed software and also my Ubuntu"
 
My only question..
thank you for answering all the rest!
***
***how do I get the most recent Ubuntu updates. I will do this every time I log in (commands required to be entered by me to do this?)
 
It has been acting nicely so far. I have pulled my hair out to install ExpressVPN but managed that with customer service help ( express vpn) . I learned a lot about commands and things, so not all lost.

I was thinking of reinstalling but I an beginning to get everything the way I am happy with. ( incorrect English ending in a preposition).
 
Let's just concentrate on your request.

This will just update everything and clean up a bit. If you haven't held a package from updating, it's gonna update everything. Given that you're using Ubuntu which is reasonably well-tested, the following command may seem dangerous but I've used it for a long time, across many installs, and it has never once broken anything.

Code:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y && sudo apt clean -y
 
Code:
sudo apt update && apt upgrade

or

Code:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


or....@KGIII's code up above is cool.

Your english is also cool.....I am Australian...we end sentences in weird ways all day, every day ;)
 
done.. working processing triggers..
wish i could send you a screenshot.. following packages will be REMOVED
libli -amber -dri libllvm13

it is at present
processing triggers for libc - bin (2.35 Oubuntu3.1)
does not appear to be doing anything
 
When you run any one of those commands, you may be told, usually in the last line....

0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 23 not to upgrade.

Do not panic......
ubuntu will update/upgrade when it needs to. It is a very clever system. It takes care of itself.
 
actually said o upgraded o newly installed o to remove and 13 not upgraded..


tried to attach a screebshot so you could see what is written but i think we are good to go.,
does not say finished..but i guess the processes have finished.

many many thanks
 

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This is what it looks like when it is finished. I am running Linux Mint, but it will look exactly the same. (the number not upgraded may be different but that is not important)

Code:
brian@brian-desktop:~$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt autoremove -y && sudo apt clean -y
[sudo] password for brian:         
Hit:1 http://ubuntu.mirror.serversaustralia.com.au/ubuntu jammy InRelease
Hit:2 http://ubuntu.mirror.serversaustralia.com.au/ubuntu jammy-updates InRelease
Hit:3 http://ubuntu.mirror.serversaustralia.com.au/ubuntu jammy-backports InRelease
Ign:4 https://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/linuxmint-packages vera InRelease       
Hit:5 https://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/linuxmint-packages vera Release         
Hit:6 https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com stable InRelease         
Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jammy-security InRelease [110 kB]     
Fetched 110 kB in 2s (59.3 kB/s)                     
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
23 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
  alsa-ucm-conf grub-efi-amd64 grub-efi-amd64-bin grub-efi-amd64-signed kbd
  libdrm-amdgpu1 libdrm-common libdrm-intel1 libdrm-nouveau2 libdrm-radeon1
  libdrm2 libegl-mesa0 libgbm1 libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx libglapi-mesa
  libglx-mesa0 libxatracker2 mesa-va-drivers mesa-vdpau-drivers
  mesa-vulkan-drivers ubuntu-advantage-tools update-notifier-common
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 23 not to upgrade.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 23 not to upgrade.
brian@brian-desktop:~$
 
Note that it will finish with your version of ...: brian@brian-desktop:~$
 

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