Install Synaptic Package Manager On Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

For years, Ubuntu (and most Debian based Linux distributions) have relied on a program called Synaptic Package Manager to install software. However, as of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, Synaptic has been removed from Ubuntu in favor of the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu Software Center does have a nicer GUI than Synaptic. However, if you prefer Synaptic, it’s quite easy to install on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. Synaptic can especially come in handy as you set up a new Ubuntu installation, since you can use it to search for specific packages that you might need.

To install Synaptic on Ubuntu, go to the Terminal (to find the Terminal, click on the Dash and search for Terminal) and type this command:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Enter your password to authenticate, and apt-get will download and install Synaptic for you.

After the installation is complete, you can launch Synaptic by searching for “Synaptic” in the Dash and click on the program’s icon. You’ll need to enter your password for authentication before Synaptic launches.

-JM

ADDITIONAL READING:

The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide.

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2 Responses to Install Synaptic Package Manager On Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

  1. Bob says:

    Dream on keep smoking whatever you are cause are sure wrong here is the result:
    root@bob-X55U:/# sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Reading package lists…
    Building dependency tree…
    Reading state information…
    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

  2. Charlane Meyer, all rights reserved says:

    What he said. I get the same bs message. Someone is moving these packages around and we are losing the paths.