this is my first time using linux. I bought a used lenovo laptop, and since I only need it for my studies I figured Elementary OS would be faster and prettier. It is both of these things, but I did run in some problems a quick google search couldn't resolve, and I'd appreciate the help

First of, the appcenter. Yes I know there are already some solutions online but none worked for me. Things I tried:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt-get --purge remove appcenter
sudo apt install appcenter
sudo apt update -y

In the end I just searched the net for names of the apps I needed and installed the using apt install. however some did install but didn't show up in the Applications on the top left corner, even though the installation was succesfull, with a progress bar and everything.

After that I downloaded the files from the respective websites, but I have no clue how to install *.tar.xz and *.tar.bz files, I did download Gdebi and Synapse, yet no progress.

The programs I still can't install are tor browser, skype and FANcon. I don't really need the appcenter but I'd like to know how to install the last two programs

Regards, Wolf

EDIT: I installes the gnome-software appcenter, this one works fine. Would've been nice to get the native one working, oh well


Not all apps for Linux that exist out there are in Elementary's AppCenter. Only a subset of those hand-picked by the Elementary team.

That said most of the apps you see that are packaged for Ubuntu 14.04+ will work on Elementary. So you want to snatch the .deb file and then on the terminal do (example for skype alpha):

sudo dpkg --install path/to/skypeforlinux-64-alpha.deb
sudo apt install -f

In the future you might want to use ppa's instead, just so you always have the latest stable release installed. But that's a topic for another lesson, further down the road. ;)

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  • Thanks, I'm getting the hang of it now, the default appcenter doesn't show my installed apps either, so it's broken and I replaced it with gnome appcenter. Idk what a ppa is but I have a feeling I'll find out soon enough :) cheers mate – Lazarus Jaeger Sep 16 '16 at 12:56
  • Cool, keep a curious mind! – Fred Rocha Sep 16 '16 at 18:14
  • @FredRocha Sorry for a delayed prompt, but I feel like it's a bad idea to specify anything for Ubuntu 14.04+ when in reality, that's highly unlikely to be the case in just a few months time. Would recommend rewording it somehow to say that anything for the latest Ubuntu will work, since it looks like elementary will be updated accordingly. – XtrmJosh Dec 29 '16 at 1:01

There is no way to "install" a tar.gz file or tar.bz file - these files are simply compressed archives (the equivalent of a .zip file on Windows). What I normally do with these is run tar xvf file.tar.gz and a new directory exists with all the contents of the zip file. I'll then sudo mv folder /opt/ to move the contents to the /opt/ directory. Once it's there, I'll take a look inside and find either a shell script which launches the app such as start.sh or the main binary file (in the example of Skype, there is one named skype. It helps to look inside a bin folder, if one exists. Once you've done this, you can add a .desktop file which will add it to the application launcher by running sudo touch /usr/share/applications/program.desktop and using the instructions on the Ubuntu website.

Regarding other applications, you can use apt-cache search appname in the terminal to try find applications in the Ubuntu repositories.

This method can be a bit long and winded, sorry about that, but it works reliably and it offers a much wider array of software than the software center itself does.

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