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synaptic on 17.10

On 25/01/18 05:58, Bret Busby wrote:
> On 25/01/2018, Peter Hillier-Brook <phb at hbsys.plus.com> wrote:
>> I've just upgraded a friend's machine to Ubuntu 17:10 and joined a
>> long list of people who've discovered that synaptic wont start. 
> Does this mean that 18.04 will automatically be permanently broken
> from the release date?
I find it interesting from the UI point of view that with all the other 
attempts to provide an interface for the installation and removal of 
packages, Synaptic still retains a strong following.

I only use it to browse what's available, and that's not often; I'm 
perfectly happy using apt for day-to-day updates and installation.

Perhaps there is a lesson in there for the designers and authors of 
other interfaces to package management, as to what users actually want 
to see on the screen; and at the two extremes, how much ancillary bloat 
or how much bare-bones leanness they are prepared to put up with.