Appnr – Get Ubuntu Applications!

Appnr is a web-based service that installs Ubuntu applications – sort of a web-based apt-get. It is a site that Ubuntu newbies and not-so-newbies should know about. It lists out applications to install, each with an “install” button. The apps can be sorted either by popularity (the default) or by name.

The way I personally have used Appnr is to sort by popularity, and go over all of the applications of a certain type – let’s say games. This way, if I have forgotten to install a game that I like, it will be jumping out at me from the screen, just waiting for me to click on the “install” button. I have also found new applications that I have had the chance to try. The print on the screen is large enough for easy reading, and all of the applications are available. This last is unlike Ubuntu’s own Add-Remove, which only gives the most popular in each category.

The site advises adding the Medibuntu repository to your repository list when you start out. This is easily done through System > Administration > Software Sources > Third-Party Software, clicking on the “add” button and including the following line:

deb intrepid free non-free

of course, replacing Intrepid with another version-name if that is what you are using.

Appnr is broken down by categories such as Games, Multimedia, System Tools, etc.  It is a very well-organized system for getting new applications onto your computer.


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