Ubuntu – Ubuntu Restricted Extras Won’t Work


Ok, so, I installed Ubuntu-Restricted-Extras on Ubuntu version 16.04 LTS. I have all the updates. I used the terminal to install it because I couldn't find it in Ubuntu Software. But what I want to know is the Ubuntu Software Center, is Ubuntu Software and Ubuntu Software Center the same thing? Because if they are there is something wrong with mine, I can't install things like preload at all and flash player won't work (has it been removed?). In the Ubuntu Software app there are hardly any programs, and again, nothing like preload or Ubuntu restricted extras. Help me I am going bloody insane.

Best Answer


I don't think Ubuntu Restricted Extras Won't Work.

I think the problem is 'Ubuntu Software [Center]'. Maybe the following link (within AskUbuntu) can help you solve that problem.

Ubuntu 16.04 software center not working


But there are work-arounds.

  • Continue to use the command line tools,

    to keep Ubuntu up to date

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt full-upgrade

    to keep Ubuntu clean (remove unnecessary program packages)

    sudo apt autoremove
    sudo apt autoclean
    sudo apt clean

    to install a new program package program-package

    sudo apt install program-package
  • Use the Synaptic Package Manager

    Install it

    sudo apt install synaptic

    and start it from 'Dash', after clicking on the Ubuntu icon at the top left corner and typing syn.

    There is a learning curve, but Synaptic is reliable and powerful. Later on, when 'Ubuntu Software' starts working again, you might stay with Synaptic, because you know it and like it :-)

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