Install App Grid in Linux Mint 15

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Use an alternative to the Software Manager in Linux Mint 15

Here's how you can install App Grid in Linux Mint 15. App Grid lets you sign in with your Ubuntu One account to buy apps or post reviews. You can also use it to filter apps by category, installed/pending, or by name and rating.

1. Open a terminal window.

2. Type in the following commands, then hit Enter after each:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install appgrid

App Grid Features and Technical Comparison

Here's a list of features and a technical comparison with the Ubuntu Software Center, from Ubuntu Discourse:

"Features:

discover new apps every time you open App Grid,

search, filter and sort to find exactly what you're looking for,

make informed decisions with our extensive detail views,

sign in with your Ubuntu One account to review and purchase apps.

A few little technical comparisons between App Grid and the Software Center stack:

python3 vs python2,

warm start to home screen is 2.7s vs 20s,

warm start to details screen (eg opening an apt: link) is 2.3s vs 30s,

full database build is 58s vs 6min24,

initial database size is 36.7mb vs 96.5mb,

memory usage after startup to home screen is 20mb vs 53.6mb,

lines of code is somewhere around 5900 loc vs 56960 loc (incl tests etc)."

Additional Resources for App Grid

App Grid at Launchpad

App Grid at Ubuntu Discourse

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