For more information about using the Ubuntu Software Center, consult the Ubuntu Software Center Manual.
Synaptic can be used to manage advanced software packages (such as server applications) which Software Center does not manage.
You can download and install applications from websites. These applications are contained in Debian (.deb) packages. To install a Debian package:
Installing single packages in this way is not recommended, for the following reasons:
Some web pages have links which install applications when you click them. These are known as “apt:” links. After clicking the link, you will be asked if you would like to install additional software. Click Install to start the installation process.
The application can only be downloaded and installed if it is available in a software repository which is currently enabled on your computer. This means that websites cannot trick you into installing software which is potentially harmful to your computer.
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