What the HELL!? Linux Software Center

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I'm new to Linux and recently discovered that I can install other distro's Software Center!?
I mean WHAAT!?

On Windows10 you are limited to the Windows10 Store as the main OS software Center and on MacOS you are limited to the Mac App Store but apparently, on Linux, you can install other distros Software Center and use apps from other distros as if it was native to your distro.

I had no idea this was even a thing!
I was complaining about how ElementaryOS doesn't have all the software I want but damn I just installed the Ubuntu software center and the apps I want are available there and I can use them without switching to another Linux distro!

Why don't people talk about this often? This is a huge deal!
 


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One of the many, many great things about Linux is that it doesn't lock you down or into anything. You want to switch distros, do it. You want to multi-boot multiple distros, do it. You want this distro with that desktop, do it.
 

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I think the magic in this case (someone may correct me)... is that the OP is using Elementary OS, which is Ubuntu based, and was able to install the Ubuntu Software Center. But not all Ubuntu based distros may allow this, or need to do this. I'm using Linux Mint, and it includes both Mint and Ubuntu repositories in its software sources, so the Mint Software Center already has full access to all of the Ubuntu programs too. It seems that Elementary starts off being more restricted, probably for simplicity of use (and support).

But the magic, and freedom, of Linux still works is many ways. Take, for example, the differences between KDE and GNOME desktop systems. Many KDE apps are built using the Qt toolkit, but many GNOME apps are built using Gtk toolkit. Yet, you can install KMail or other KDE based programs in GNOME systems too (or vice versa)... though you end up also installing many more libraries to support the new software.

Besides installing from source code (or rpm files, or deb files), there are now also other methods like Flatpak, Appimage, and Snap, that can help make software installation easier for some users. I'm not yet too familiar with these newer methods, but I haven't had much need to install anything not available by the old-school methods.

All of this runs on a Linux kernel, though maybe different versions of the kernel. It's like magic! :D

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I too think the only real advantage of this is for someone using Elementary. The reason being, and I'm not an expert so the OP or anyone else can correct me, but Elementary's mindset is paying the developers for their work. So in their software center, they have the apps that they support and request money for. If you could install another distro's software center you could get around this and have more apps at your disposal.
 
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Can you say "Synaptic Package Manager" that has just about whatever software that you need providing you have the right repositories installed.
 
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I too think the only real advantage of this is for someone using Elementary. The reason being, and I'm not an expert so the OP or anyone else can correct me, but Elementary's mindset is paying the developers for their work. So in their software center, they have the apps that they support and request money for. If you could install another distro's software center you could get around this and have more apps at your disposal.

You are not required to pay for any apps on Elementary's AppCenter but you can if you want and I do like their mindset because people who write software should get paid and there are too many people who don't pay. I donate from time-to-time to show my support. I'm not a programmer so I cannot contribute to any open sources progress to the software I use sadly.

I think the magic in this case (someone may correct me)... is that the OP is using Elementary OS, which is Ubuntu based, and was able to install the Ubuntu Software Center. But not all Ubuntu based distros may allow this, or need to do this. I'm using Linux Mint, and it includes both Mint and Ubuntu repositories in its software sources, so the Mint Software Center already has full access to all of the Ubuntu programs too. It seems that Elementary starts off being more restricted, probably for simplicity of use (and support).

But the magic, and freedom, of Linux still works is many ways. Take, for example, the differences between KDE and GNOME desktop systems. Many KDE apps are built using the Qt toolkit, but many GNOME apps are built using Gtk toolkit. Yet, you can install KMail or other KDE based programs in GNOME systems too (or vice versa)... though you end up also installing many more libraries to support the new software.

Besides installing from source code (or rpm files, or deb files), there are now also other methods like Flatpak, Appimage, and Snap, that can help make software installation easier for some users. I'm not yet too familiar with these newer methods, but I haven't had much need to install anything not available by the old-school methods.

All of this runs on a Linux kernel, though maybe different versions of the kernel. It's like magic! :D

Cheers

ElementaryOS is based on Ubuntu so you're correct. But I had no idea this is how Linux works. Thank you for explaining. It's very informative and I now understand why these things work so seamlessly.
 

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Big Like to all of the above :)

I am hypnotising the OP -

Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep, dream pleasant thoughts about Linux. When you awaken, you will feel refreshed.

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I'm new to Linux and recently discovered that I can install other distro's Software Center!?
I mean WHAAT!?

On Windows10 you are limited to the Windows10 Store as the main OS software Center and on MacOS you are limited to the Mac App Store but apparently, on Linux, you can install other distros Software Center and use apps from other distros as if it was native to your distro.

I had no idea this was even a thing!
I was complaining about how ElementaryOS doesn't have all the software I want but damn I just installed the Ubuntu software center and the apps I want are available there and I can use them without switching to another Linux distro!

Why don't people talk about this often? This is a huge deal!
Have you tried Arco Linux? Pretty much a Linux OS Buffet (not that all/most distro's aren't buffets already. But it just makes it that much easier)
 

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G'day @JoeBlack and welcome to linux.org :)

Do be aware that this Thread is over two and a half years old, and the OP has not been back to here in 18 months, which is not to say he is not still with us. (I use Arcolinux BTW, as well as 69 others).

Considering swinging by Member Introductions and telling us the Joe Black story, and meet a few of the gang.

If you tell us you are taking a holiday and that you love peanut butter, I may have to cast a spell to send you back where you came from.

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I'm new to Linux and recently discovered that I can install other distro's Software Center!?
I mean WHAAT!?

On Windows10 you are limited to the Windows10 Store as the main OS software Center and on MacOS you are limited to the Mac App Store but apparently, on Linux, you can install other distros Software Center and use apps from other distros as if it was native to your distro.

I had no idea this was even a thing!
I was complaining about how ElementaryOS doesn't have all the software I want but damn I just installed the Ubuntu software center and the apps I want are available there and I can use them without switching to another Linux distro!

Why don't people talk about this often? This is a huge deal!
Hi!!
You can install android apps on windows10 too!! But it is easier if you have a Samsung or another android, but I can only refer to Samsung which I have tried and it's working great!!..
 
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