Install appgrid on ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

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App Grid can essentially be seen as an equivalent to the Ubuntu Software Center, but done differently. The hope is that you will be able to discover and install apps for your computer with pleasure. This is a initial release, so there are still many improvements that could be made.


discover new apps every time you open App Grid,
search, filter and sort to find exactly what you're looking for,
make informed decisions with our extensive detail views,
sign in with your Ubuntu One account to review and purchase apps.

A few little technical comparisons between App Grid and the Software Center stack:

python3 vs python2,
warm start to home screen is 2.7s vs 20s,
warm start to details screen (eg opening an apt: link) is 2.3s vs 30s,
full database build is 58s vs 6min24,
initial database size is 36.7mb vs 96.5mb,
memory usage after startup to home screen is 20mb vs 53.6mb,
lines of code is somewhere around 5900 loc vs 56960 loc (incl tests etc).

Install appgrid on ubuntu 13.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:appgrid/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y appgrid




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1 Response

  1. Colin says:

    This is the way that Ubuntu software centre should work. Nice and fast. I have been using the software centre to install synaptic and use that. Hope that they keep devopling appgrid and maybe Ubuntu can get some pointers for their software centre. Thanks for the post.

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