Thursday, September 22, 2011

No Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu 11.10

 ‘Synaptic Package Manager’ tool has been dropped from the latest builds of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

The removal of Synaptic Package Manager have been planned since the inception of the Ubuntu Software Centre. Many of the advanced features Synaptic currently provides are ear-marked for inclusion in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Well, I really don't like SOFTWARE CENTER as it takes forever to start up and it doesn't list all packages. I mostly use Synaptic and apt-get for installing packages.

So I have installed Synaptic package from the repository.

sudo apt-get install synaptic


  1. ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package synaptic is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package 'synaptic' has no installation candidate

    This is what I get when trying that command,I am a newbie and am tired of trying to figure out Linux, it's like it has been deliberately made too difficult to use , I can't even get flash from the Software Center!
    Nothing is available!
    Ubuntu really needs to be made simple and come pre-packaged with software such as Java and flash already working, this is a hateful operating system!

  2. ya i bang my head ...nothing seems to be found...dont understand what am i downloading >.<

  3. Yep - my experience as well, especially with 11.10. You'd think things would be moving in the direction of user-friendliness with new versions of Ubuntu, but using Ubuntu Software Center in 11.10 then trying to load synaptic to get around its limitations has put me right off.

  4. Things are moving in the direction of user-dumbiness

  5. Why not just use Ubuntu 10.04? It you really want something up to date then use Windows 8 as a platform and try and stick to open source applications although the operating system itself is proprietary. A good craftsman has a variety of tools and selects the most appropriate tool for the job. It does not do the open source cause any good to be take a fundementalist approach to the operating system.