One of the greatest advantages to using the Ubuntu Software Center is being able to narrow down your recent system updates by date in a GUI. For example, if I were experiencing kernel-related bugs and I didn't recall exactly when I updated my kernel last, the Software Center could help.
To see exactly which updates you installed recently, simply follow this guide:
Finding alternatives that are as flexible as the Ubuntu Software Center and that work smoothly with Ubuntu is actually quite doable. The key is to remember that there are a multitude of ways to install software on today's modern Linux distributions.
Linux Deepin's Software Center – This is a very attractive alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center. I'd even say it's more functional to use from a navigation point of view.
APT – Available anytime you like from your terminal window, APT allows you to search, install, uninstall or simply update the software packages you already have.
The Ubuntu Software Center has been a big hit with Ubuntu users across the globe, but to be honest, it's not really that exciting for those trying to sell their software. As this recent article points out, the sales numbers for applications available in the software center is pretty disappointing.
While it's difficult to point to a direct root cause, I think it's safe to say that the number of Ubuntu users out there isn't the issue for the lackluster sales numbers. After all, Valve's release of Steam and Openshot's funding success have shown both both the money and interested users are out there. I think the problem is that the Ubuntu Software Center is presenting unknown paid applications that aren't resonating with the users.
I recommend a serious outreach to established non-game software vendors. Yes, games are great, but the bulk of the paid non-gaming applications on Ubuntu are pretty unimpressive. Think I'm wrong? Okay then, how many Ubuntu applications have you purchased? Exactly, I haven't purchased any either. And considering the front-page featured applications offered in the Ubuntu Software Center include stuff like a basic DVD player, it seems to me that there is a painful lack of anything exciting being offered. That, or the Ubuntu developers need to rethink the titles they're featuring.